April 22, 2012

CHINA: Medication recall order


SHANGHAI, China / The Shanghai Daily / Live in Shanghai/April 22, 2012


The Ministry of Health yesterday ordered all medical institutions to recall 13 types of medication reported to be contained in contaminated capsules.

It also required the medical institutions to stop using the medicines listed by the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) as being possibly polluted, according to a notice issued by the ministry yesterday.

The capsules were exposed by media to be made of industrial gelatin. This contains a greater amount of chromium than edible gelatin and can be toxic if ingested in excessive amounts.

The SFDA said yesterday more inspection teams have been sent to investigate the incident and find out those responsible.

Inspection teams from several departments, including the police, health authorities and supervision agencies, have been sent to Zhejiang, Hebei and Jiangxi provinces to supervise the investigation.

Those who refuse to cooperate in the investigation and try to cover up malpractice will be severely punished, it said.
Source: Xinhua

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