Gu Kailai poured poison into Heywood's mouth

Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced Politburo member Bo Xilai, murdered a British business associate by pouring poison into his mouth after he had become drunk and vomited, a court official said yesterday after China's most sensational criminal trial in decades.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:15pm

One step ahead of being outsmarted

As a mother who carefully controls how much time her children spend in front of televisions and computers, it has come as quite a surprise to me, and I think to my children as well, just how much I have embraced today's smartphones and tablet devices.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Huge haul of flu pills seized at airport

Airport customs officers have seized hundreds of thousands of flu pills destined for underground laboratories on the mainland, where they would have been turned into quantities of the drug Ice with a street value of HK$26.5 million.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Twist of faith

When the University of Hong Kong released the results of a study into the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating depression recently, it wasn't the fact that 19.4 per cent of patients reported an improvement in their symptoms that was surprising.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

It's not what the doctor ordered

Shopping online is one of Anita Lim's favourite pastimes. Her regular purchases include pharmaceuticals, such as appetite suppressants, painkillers and tablets that claim to do everything from boost energy to improve memory. Lim buys them without a doctor's prescription and doesn't see anything wrong with it.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Hit middlemen in birth trade hard

The public has grown increasingly frustrated at the seeming impotence of the authorities to stem the tide of mainland mothers overtaxing the city's obstetrics services. Less than a month into the auspicious year of the dragon, maternity services at our private hospitals are booked to October and beyond, as are public hospital quotas for non-local mothers.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Pledge to upgrade drug standards

Beijing has pledged to upgrade domestic drug standards to international levels in the next four years as part of a drive to improve drug safety.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Leading drug maker has big plans to branch out

Shanghai Pharmaceuticals, one of the mainland's biggest drug makers and distributors, is buying Changzhou Kony Pharma to broaden its product portfolio and strengthen the manufacturing of special active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

APIs refer to the substance in a drug that is biologically active.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

HK police go to Manila for drugs probe

Anti-narcotics police from Hong Kong are flying to Manila to help identify five suspects caught in a raid on an Ice factory in an upmarket gated housing estate.

The five men claimed to be Hongkongers but had 11 passports between them, 10 allegedly issued by the Hong Kong government.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Two Hongkongers sought by police after further drug raids in Manila

Philippine anti-drugs police are searching for two Hongkongers after two Ice factories were found abandoned in the same upmarket community where five Hongkongers were arrested last week.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

China's other drug trade

In a dark and run-down industrial zone in Shanghai's suburban Fengxian district, two security guards for a suitcase manufacturer point to a deserted section of their building and recall how it was a hive of illicit activity not too long ago.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Drug firms under the microscope

Beijing will establish a credit rating system, intensify monitoring of pharmaceutical companies and stamp out manipulation of drug prices by 2015.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Counterfeit drug operation busted

Police in Kaifeng, in Henan province, have detained 114 people and seized fake medicines worth 190 million yuan (HK$232 million), Xinhua reported yesterday.

In all, 6,500 vials of counterfeit drugs were found to have been repackaged to look like bona fide medication from more than a dozen licensed drug makers, both Chinese and foreign.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Germ warfare

The outbreak of scarlet fever in Hong Kong earlier this year caught the attention of specialists at the World Health Organisation. We think of scarlet fever in developed societies as a disease that was pretty well vanquished decades ago. So the emergence of a scarlet fever outbreak in a modern city like Hong Kong and in mainland China was something of an unexpected event.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Blood sweat & tears

It is a medical-breakthrough story that went long untold: how a team of researchers spent 13 years amid the turbulence of the Cultural Revolution to find a successful treatment for malaria.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am