A government survey shows that antibiotics are freely available from Hong Kong's pharmacies without a doctor's prescription, a situation that undermines the effort to restrict overuse of the drugs.Saturday, 21 May, 2011, 12:00am
Seven more products from drug maker Quality Pharmaceutical Laboratory are being recalled after a defect was found by health authorities.
The seven drugs, including three antibiotics that can only be sold on doctor's prescription and four over-the-counter medicines, were confirmed to have failed a disintegration time test, according to the Department of Health.27 Apr 2010 - 12:00am
Excessive and improper use of antibiotics has taken its toll on humans, with disease-causing bacteria developing increasing drug resistance.
The best known of the 'superbugs' - the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA or golden staph) - has infected thousands of people and claimed three lives since last year. It has also started to spread into the community.8 Sep 2007 - 12:00am
Health officials claim early success after programme helps monitor drugs
Health authorities have claimed initial victory in a battle against the misuse of antibiotics in the city's public hospitals.
But officials warned the problem of superbugs - various disease-causing bacteria that are developing increasing resistance to antibiotics - remained a concern.10 Mar 2007 - 12:00am
China Pharmaceutical Group more than tripled its first-half net profit to $359.36 million from $101.16 million last year on the back of an increase in bulk drug production.13 Aug 2003 - 12:00am
1900: Staphylococcus aureus causes fatal bacterial infections in humans. No antibiotics available.
1945: Penicillin kills almost all Staphylococcus aureus.4 Nov 1999 - 12:00am
IT'S a terrifying thought: you're on the operating table having your appendix out and the killer bacteria staphylococcus aureus lodges in your gut.17 Jun 1995 - 12:00am