Chinese (Regulatory) Checkers

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  • 09/04/2012

The problem is that, after this important joint action, we're still hungry for more.

The China State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) has joined forces with the FDA to shut down 18 Chinese-language web sites selling illegal drugs.

According to China Daily's report on Tuesday, the Sino-U.S. collaboration was launched in June this year and targeted Web sites in the U.S. advertising counterfeit drugs and health food. The 18 sites take down were run and hosted by Chinese speakers and aimed for Chinese consumers including Chinese Americans around the world, said Christopher Hickey, director of the U.S. FDA's China office.

"We welcome and appreciate the role played by the China State Food and Drug Administration to initiate the campaign and hope to continue combined efforts in the global fight against counterfeit drugs," he added.

The Sino-US collaborations was also part of a national clampdown on fake and illegal drugs within mainland China, said SFDA spokesperson Wang Lianglan in the report.

The operation saw police seizing 205 million tablets designed to look like branded drugs for treating male impotence, hypertension, diabetes and cancer, it noted. Wang added the SFDA will step up operations in the rest of the year with other law enforcement agencies and government departments to curb counterfeit medicince.

The next phase will see them enhance inspection of clinical trial for drugs made in China and meant for export to the United States, Hickey said.


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