China Fights Counterfeit Medicines

12 07 2007

Chinese Food and Drug Official Executed for Accepting Bribes

China announced Tuesday its chief food and drug official has been executed for accepting bribes. The former head of China’s food and drug administration who took more than 400,000 pounds in bribes to license poor quality and fake medicines has been executed by the Chinese Government.

At Guilin Pharmaceutical in southern China, they’re worried about their reputation and their profits. They make World Health Organization-approved drugs for malaria, each blister pack carefully marked with a hologram. But the counterfeiters have now made 14 generations of hologram, each one more difficult to distinguish from the real thing. And fake Guilin anti-malarials are turning up all over Southeast Asia.