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China starts nationwide drug safety check [Xinhua]

Positive? China attempts to establish order in the medical industry by cracking down on the ‘manufacture and sale of counterfeit drugs and stopping the spread of illegal medical advertisements‘ Illegal medical advertisements I’ve come to understand have been a noteworthy problem, with 1200 official cases reported in 2006. Piracy on many levels are occurring because the Chinese simply do not share the same understanding of intellectual property; few even know what it means. My sense is this crackdown on the operation does not change the mindset of offenders. As China grows, perhaps this is one of the characteristics it needs to work on changing.

Because if we couple that with the continuing problems with tainted food (especially so with ‘gutter oil’, a problem experts see will only go away in ten years), sometimes I have to think hard. If China were to rise to great power status, perhaps it is a positive thing it is working on stopping its people from ‘poisoning’ its people; starting from the food on the table.

That said, perhaps this fits into a simple argument – symptomatic of a money-driven (by choice or circumstance) populace trying to make money from whatever resources they can garner. Let’s hope the safety check in the short term does not only serve to drive the desperate even further underground. Education is the longer-term key, those involved must learn there are other ways to make a good living.

For more , check out China’s State Food and Drug Administration (English site).

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China starts nationwide drug safety check
Editor: Mu Xuequan
Source – Xinhua, published October 12, 2011

GUANGZHOU, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) — Six government departments started a nationwide drug safety check and assessment on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The MOH, the Ministry of Public Security and four other departments are working together to conduct the assessment, which will primarily focus on establishing order in the medical market and curtailing illegal activity in the medical industry, the MOH said.

Eliminating the manufacture and sale of counterfeit drugs and stopping the spread of illegal medical advertisements are the most significant aspects of the campaign, according to Bian Zhenjia, deputy head of the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA).

Beginning in south China’s Guangdong Province, the inspection will be conducted in ten provinces and municipalities by ten panels consisting of experts and officials from the six departments.


Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Chinese Model, Corruption, Culture, Domestic Growth, Economics, Environment, Health, Human Rights, Lifestyle, Mapping Feelings, People, Piracy, Politics, Population, Reform, Social, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

2 Responses

  1. Food sanitation and hygiene will remain a mystery for most Chinese located in the hinterlands for decades to come. The education gap is just that massive. In fact, their ideas on the matter are as antiquated as their IPR laws, which you aptly mentioned above.

    Have you heard of a dish called dragon fights tiger? It’s a cat and snake stew invariably found in southern China. Ever wonder why you dont see stray cats (or dogs for that matter) in any urban centers? Lets just say the secret lies in the stew.

  2. Greetings Justin, afraid not my friend.

    Whereabouts southern China would we be looking at? Thanks for your insight!

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