The story appears on

Page A2

May 2, 2012

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Metro » Health and Science

More tainted capsules found

ANOTHER Shanghai drugmaker has been found with capsule medicines containing excessive chromium.

Shanghai Quanyu Biological Technology Suiping Pharmaceutical Co, which is based in Suiping, Henan Province, but registered in Shanghai, was one of nine companies found to be using tainted capsules in the latest tests.

Previous tests revealed that capsules with excessive chromium were used by Shanghai Fudan Forward Pharmaceutical Co Ltd to produce Huperzine A capsules, a prescribed medicine for patients with Alzheimer's disease.

The State Food and Drug Administration said 10 batches of products from the nine companies were tested and all failed the standard for chromium content.

The Ministry of Health has ordered hospitals across the country to tell local health authorities whether they have any of these medicines and how much they have. They are urged to help health authorities in their recall.

In addition to the Shanghai firm, seven of the pharmaceutical companies are in Jilin Province and one is in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

SFDA has ordered its branches in Jilin, Guangxi and Henan to monitor all the companies, seal off production lines if violations are detected and send suspects to the police if criminal practices are found. All recalled medicines are to be destroyed.

To further control the contamination scandal, from yesterday all gelatin, capsule and capsule-packed medicine companies have been ordered to check, batch by batch, their raw materials and products.

Drugmakers have also been ordered to check all capsule-packed medicines produced before April 30 or medicines which are on the market.

Any medicines detected with excessive chromium must be recalled and the checks have to be completed by May 31.

The SFDA said authorities will tighten the frequency of monitoring and checks and companies will face serious penalties if chromium-tainted products are still found on the market.

The scandal came to light when China Central Television found companies in Zhejiang Province producing capsules made with illegal industrial gelatin containing an excess of chromium, a heavy metal that can cause kidney and liver damage and even cancer.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend