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  1. 25 manufacturing plants to undergo inspection

    Posted Mar 13th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Ng Yuk-hang and Martin Wong Twenty-five drug plants in the city would be inspected and the government would consider reviewing the regulatory system to ensure safety amid the drug-contamination scare, a health official said yesterday. All drug makers with Department of Health 'good manufacturing practice' (GMP) accreditation would be inspected to check their ability ...

  2. Drug in pigs exposes evils in supply chain

    Posted Mar 16th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... by fake and substandard products, World Consumer Rights Day was marked yesterday with an annual programme on China Central Television that showed the dangerous drug being added to pig feed ... is a banned muscle-developing drug that some farmers feed to pigs to reduce body fat and give meat a pinker, fresher appearance. Eating tainted meat may cause dizziness, fatigue, palpitations ...

  3. More unlicensed products found as drug firm apologises

    Posted Oct 27th 2010, 12:00am by Elaine Yau, Staff Reporter

    ... on Friday. The drugs ordered to be recalled include painkillers, cold medicine and antibiotics. The latest affected products are Chlordiazepoxide 2.5mg capsules and Chlordiazepoxide 10mg capsules, used for short-term treatment of anxiety. The department said both were dangerous drugs and only supplied to private doctors. It said Neochem would recall the two batches from the doctors ...

  4. Neochem says it's sorry for making unlicensed drugs

    Posted Oct 27th 2010, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau A drug maker has apologised for continuing to produce antibiotics and other pills after the firm's licence was suspended by the Department of Health because some of its ... professional pharmaceutical consultants to assess our drug-making processes and risk-management systems and give us suggestions on how to strengthen our quality control.' A Department of Health ...

  5. Drugs firm in trouble for unlicensed output

    Posted Oct 25th 2010, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy A drug manufacturer that carried on production when its licence was suspended may have its licence revoked or even face criminal charges. The warning was issued by Director of Health Dr Lam Ping-yan yesterday. Lam said the Pharmacy and Poisons (Manufacturers Licensing) Committee would discuss the case of Neochem Pharmaceutical Laboratories. The department was seeking ...

  6. Most drug makers not up to standard for full licence

    Posted Aug 16th 2010, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Fewer than half of 363 makers of proprietary Chinese medicine in Hong Kong have conditions good enough to gain full registration. And only seven factories have a certificate of good manufacturing practice, the internationally recognised standard for drug makers. As of June this year, 203 of the 363 makers of proprietary Chinese medicine still hold a transitional ...

  7. Tougher drug rules will close firms, say chemists

    Posted Oct 24th 2009, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Ng Kang-chung, Fanny W. Y. Fung and Amy Nip A plan to improve drug safety by imposing tougher requirements on manufacturers will force small operators out of business and raise the cost ... - comprising pharmacists, members of the medical profession, patients' groups and the Consumer Council - was formed in March after a series of drug incidents. While details still need to be worked ...

  8. Hospital Authority chief defends frontline staff for giving advice on cheaper drugs

    Posted Mar 15th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang No frontline medical staff should be punished over a recent investigation into unauthorised drug sales in public hospitals, a Hospital Authority chief said yesterday. The medical staff were acting out of goodwill when they recommended to patients ways to get cheaper drugs, authority cluster services director Dr Cheung Wai-lun said. 'They are only supplying ...

  9. Hospitals replace pills contaminated with potentially fatal fungi

    Posted Mar 08th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Eva Wu The Hospital Authority yesterday began replacing supplies of a drug contaminated with fungi for some 230 patients with suppressed immunity to whom the drug is dangerous. The Hong Kong-made drug, Purinol, contains 100 times the allowed level of Mucorales fungi, which poses a risk to patients with poor immune systems, such as those with leukaemia, undergoing chemotherapy ...

  10. Heart drug recall over label error

    Posted Feb 20th 2010, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong A drug wholesaler has ordered a recall of a blood pressure and heart drug manufactured in Canada due to incorrect labelling. Trenton-Boma initiated a recall of one batch of PMS-Carvedilol 12.5mg tablets delivered since December. A total of 2,218 bottles with the batch number 444937, each containing 100 tablets of the prescription drug, had been supplied to the Hospital ...




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