Thousands of Taiwanese farmers staged a raucous protest yesterday against a government plan to conditionally lift a ban on US beef containing ractopamine, a controversial leanness-enhancing drug.Friday, 9 March, 2012, 12:00am
Public trust in Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's government has taken a beating after the island abruptly announced the conditional lifting of a ban on most US beef containing ractopamine, a controversial leanness-enhancing drug.7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
Taiwan's new prime minister, Sean Chen, has ordered the establishment of two task forces to deal with the European debt crisis and controversial imports of US beef.
The orders were issued almost immediately after Chen (pictured) and his cabinet were sworn in yesterday, reflecting his determination to resolve two immediate challenges to the government's popularity.7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
The World Health Organisation has issued a global alert on a widely used cancer drug after the death last month of a 21-year-old patient at Prince of Wales Hospital.
The alert, issued on Wednesday last week, warned that vincristine should only be administered intravenously as it would be fatal if given any other way.27 Jul 2007 - 12:00am
A doctor was found guilty yesterday of prescribing a dangerous drug to patients with stomach problems without conducting examinations and without the consent of their attending physicians.
The Medical Council ruled that Ma Tak-wa should lose his medical licence for one month, but the sentence was suspended for six months.25 Jan 2007 - 12:00am
An oral 'small molecule' medication may herald a new class of therapies for Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders, even obesity, by dispensing with the need for injections, some Shanghai scientists have claimed.7 Jan 2007 - 12:00am
Drug giant Eli Lilly's anti-impotence pill Cialis must be running against some stiff competition that it has to offer what amounts to 'a buy-one, get-one-free' kind of deal.
Sales people have been spotted outside Causeway Bay MTR station handing out flyers and packs of tissues - how appropriate! - promoting the drug.26 Mar 2005 - 12:00am
Hong Kong men too embarrassed to take Viagra in front of their partner will soon be able to take an alternative anti-impotence drug up to 36 hours before intercourse.
The new face-saving pill, Cialis, will be available here by the end of the year, drugmaker Eli Lilly Asia said yesterday.25 Oct 2003 - 12:00am
Here's an uplifting event for men: a workshop will be held in Macau today to introduce a rival to Viagra.
'We have the pleasure to invite you to attend an exclusive educational workshop to get a first-hand exposure to the world's innovative treatment of erectile dysfunction.' The Grey Healthcare Group doesn't mince words in its press release.14 Jun 2003 - 12:00am
A woman went on trial at the Court of First Instance for allegedly murdering her husband by pouring boiling oil over his head and stabbing him 16 times. The Court of First Instance heard Li Suet-ping, 50, also injected her husband, Siu On, 50, with insulin and wrapped his head in 17 layers of plastic.8 Oct 2002 - 12:00am
A drug courier was jailed yesterday for trafficking the biggest quantity of LSD ever seized in the SAR. Recorder Michael Lunn, SC, in the Court of First Instance, jailed Yiu Kam-hoi, 33, for eight years. Yiu had pleaded guilty to trafficking 27,848 pills. He was intercepted at Chek Lap Kok Airport on December 17 last year.17 Jul 2001 - 12:00am
The use of antibiotics at public hospitals remains high despite mounting calls for them to cut back, Hospital Authority figures indicate.28 Nov 2000 - 12:00am
Doctors were urged last night to protect their patients' lives by making careful choices when prescribing antibiotics.
University of Hong Kong microbiologist Dr Ho Pak-leung was speaking after it was revealed that three more patients had been killed by a superbug which was resistant to antibiotics.4 Nov 1999 - 12:00am
Sweeping reforms to stop doctors overcharging and to give patients better channels of complaint have been drawn up by the Medical Council.
Doctors who do not charge 'reasonably' will, for the first time, be subject to punishments ranging from a reprimand to termination of their licences.9 Jul 1999 - 12:00am