Corrections & clarifications

In the Focus feature headlined 'China's other drug trade' on page A4 on December 27, John Clark, chief security officer and vice-president of global security for pharmaceutical firm Pfizer, was wrongly quoted as saying: 'Roche has also trained enforcement authorities to r

Friday, 30 December, 2011, 12:00am

An incurable optimist in China

Having been in the health care business since the early 1980s, Al Gabor has seen some dramatic changes in that sector. Most notably, he has played a big part in bringing international-standard pharmaceutical operations to the China market and is still guiding initiatives to provide better health care for millions of mainlanders.

6 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Medicine seized in raids

Police seized 2,700 bottles of cough medicine and some 9,000 tablets of impotence drugs, including Viagra, and tranquillisers, worth a total of HK$530,000 in two raids in Causeway Bay yesterday morning. Acting on a tip-off, officers first raided a flat on Hennessy Road at about 8am and arrested a man, 31. They then raided a pharmacy where the man worked and arrested a 23-year-old.

28 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Pharmaceutical company aims to make winners of all

Gold Award winner pharmaceutical company Pfizer Corporation encourages its staff to 'think global, act local' and has implemented a series of staff empowerment programmes to make 'everyone a leader'.

The company develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products globally.

7 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Hongkongers bottom in passion stakes in good times and bad

The recession is now widely blamed for cooling passions in the bedroom. According to mental health charity Richmond Fellowship of Hong Kong, it expects calls to its counselling hotline this year to far outstrip the usual annual tally of about 300. The privately run Hong Kong Sexual Health Centre says business is brisk.

28 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Public urged to check for respiratory illness

Those with a persistent cough and elderly people should be checked for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as hospital admission rates always jump during periods of cold and wet weather, a doctor has warned.

17 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Upstanding firm's love drug marks its 10th birthday with flying colours

Viva Viagra! Congratulations Pfizer! This year marks the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the world's most famous love drug. Alas, the famous blue pill, which had worldwide sales of US$1.7 billion last year, has also made many counterfeiters wealthy, especially in our part of the world.

19 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Subsidy urged for anti-smoking drug

Doctors have called for the subsidising of an anti-smoking medication shown to be effective in helping people quit. The drug, varenicline, was approved for use in the city in March last year. A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2006 found it to be more successful than other remedies.

7 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Unintended boost for maligned little red pill

The blue pill is in danger of being replaced by the red pill.

For a long time, many people were under the impression that Chinese medicine, billed as the ultimate cure for male sexual dysfunction, was nothing more than snake oil.

22 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Warning on 'Viagra' capsules

The Department of Health warned the public last night to seek medical advice before taking health products for sexual dysfunction after four people suffered serious side effects last month. The four had taken unlabelled red and yellow capsules that tests showed contained the active ingredient in Viagra, sildenafil, and a diabetes drug, glibenclamide.

2 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Small change for users of Viagra

Drug maker Pfizer must be desperate. With the blockbuster Viagra going off patent soon and generic drug-making vultures waiting in the wings, it is trying to boost sales with every tacky advertising trick. So, guess what? Every pack of the sex drug now comes with three free chocolate-flavoured condoms, courtesy of Durex.

'Pfizer gives you three mid-summer dreams,' the ad says.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Top drug firm's Viagra ad is a hard act to follow

Stock analysts, or at least their reports, are not known for salacious humour. But after looking at the latest advert Pfizer has put out for its best-selling sex drug, Viagra, we are wondering if the puns were intended in a new report put out by the US investment rating company Morning Star recommending a strong buy on the drug maker.

30 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Pfizer pushes 'people culture'

The international pharmaceutical giant goes out of its way to make sure that employees feel valued

AS BUSINESSES remain focused on measurable success and financial performance, they can easily overlook the needs and concerns of the people who make it all happen.

17 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Pfizer denied right to Chinese name of Viagra

US drug giant Pfizer has suffered a loss in its battle with mainland pharmaceutical companies over the trademark of its anti-impotence drug Viagra, denied the right to use a common translation of the product's name on the mainland.

5 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Pfizer wins Viagra case in China

Pfizer, the world's largest drugmaker, has won a court case against a mainland drugmaker and a drug store.

The Jiangsu drugmaker and the Beijing drug store were ordered to stop producing and selling products under a brand similar to Viagra, the world's best-selling male-impotence treatment whose patent is owned by Pfizer.

28 Dec 2006 - 12:00am