Newspaper article China Post

Medicine Investigation Enters Stage 2: Food and Drug Administration

Newspaper article China Post

Medicine Investigation Enters Stage 2: Food and Drug Administration

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, [...]) announced yesterday that it will commence the second stage of investigations into 90 pharmaceutical firms, among which are 60 to 70 PIC/S GMP certified firms. Results are estimated to come out within a week.

Thirteen pharmaceutical firms were found using food-grade ingredients in 23 products, during the first stage of investigations. The firms were unable to prove the ingredients were pharmaceutical-grade magnesium carbonate and calcium carbonate.

Taiwan Veterans' ([...]) Taisho Granule ([...]), Grape King's ([...]) Hiweikean Granules Grape ([...]) and Min Tong's ([...]) Couweiton Granules ([...]) are among the fake medicine announced by the FDA.

The FDA also reported that Yuncheng Chemical ([...]) and I Hsing Trade Company ([...]) had been providing downstream companies with excipients made with more than the regulated level of chemicals, such as magnesium carbonate, arsenic, iron, calcium oxide and acid-insoluble residual.

FDA chief Chiang Yu-mei ([...]) responded saying that all illegal products using food-grade ingredients must cease to be manufactured until suitable changes are made, they are reported to the FDA and have obtained verification. …

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