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China nabs fake drug ring; US FDA urges vigilance

By YIPMAN, Nov 1, 2011 | Updated: Nov 2, 2011 | |
  1. YIPMAN
    (AP) SHANGHAI — Police in central China's Henan province say they have arrested 114 people in a crackdown on a counterfeit drugs ring and seized $30 million in fake medications.

    Their report Tuesday came as a top U.S. Food and Drug Administration official, Dara Corrigan, was visiting Shanghai to discuss the importance of safe drugs and China's role as a major supplier to the U.S. market.

    China's increasing importance as a major pharmaceuticals producer has ratcheted up concern over a slew of scandals over fake, adulterated and otherwise unsafe drugs — especially given the thriving market in mail order medications.

    Authorities in the Henan city of Kaifeng said they raided 117 fake drug production and sales sites in the latest crackdown.

    http://www.abc24.com/news/world/story/China-nabs-fake-drug-ring/UyaAFO87R0eOXPo_ML6dHA.cspx?rss=62

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