Drug Safety

Japan drug maker Takeda loses US lawsuit

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Takeda Pharmaceutical of Japan must pay US$6.5 million in damages to a California man who said Asia's largest drug-maker failed to warn consumers that its Actos diabetes drug could cause cancer, a jury ruled in the first of more than 3,000 lawsuits over the medication to go to trial.

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 6:36am

Chinese flu drug maker's licence revoked after toxins found

Guangzhou Pharmaceutical was responsible for buying the herbs, final production and distribution of the drug. Photo: Lana Wong

Guangdong's drug-safety agency has revoked the licence of a drug maker after it was found to have falsified production records, Xinhua reported.

The provincial Food and Drug Administration cancelled the licence of Baoshantang Pharmaceutical Company because it logged fake data related to the processing of herbal extracts.

8 Apr 2013 - 9:45am

China to make food and drug safety a top priority

Officers inspect milk powder in a shop in Tongzi, Guizhou. Photo: AFP

The mainland's frightening list of food scandals that have killed and sickened untold numbers are the consequence of authorities' failure to take a responsible stand on safety and regulation. The State Council's decision to create a single agency to deal with food and drug regulation finally moves in the right direction.

16 Mar 2013 - 2:40am

Briefs, March 11, 2013

Graft fighter General Liu Yuan

General sees challenge in anti-graft battle

11 Mar 2013 - 6:14am

Three agencies to be responsible for food safety, down from 13

China premier-in-waiting Li Keqiang. Photo: Simon Song

The reorganisation plan will see departments in charge of food safety from various government agencies integrated with the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) to create a single safety agency avoid overlaps and blind spots, a source familiar with the plan said.

6 Mar 2013 - 6:20am