• After Crackdown on Counterfeits, a 'River of Pills'

    Regulatory Focus and other media outlets reported on 24 April about China's crackdown on counterfeit medications, which found dozens of manufacturing facilities using industrial-grade gelatin in pharmaceutical capsules. Now Chinese authorities have found something else that is perhaps even more surprising: a small river filled with millions of discarded drug capsules. Gizmodo reports 300 meters of an open sewer ditch were transformed overnight into a "rainbow river,"...
  • China Probe Into Chromium-Laced Capsules Escalates, 77M Capsules Seized

    Chinese regulatory authorities have announced the expansion of a probe into pharmaceutical capsules illicitly laced with Chromium, saying they have arrested nine more people, detained a further 45 and seized more than 77 million capsules, reports Reuters . Chromium is a heavy metal that has been associated with cancer in some circumstances. Chinese authorities originally announced on 15 April that they had found 13 pharmaceutical products-including antibiotics-to have b...
  • China Finds 13 Drugs Made With Excessive Levels of Chromium

    China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) announced 15 April it had found 13 pharmaceutical products to have been manufactured with excessive levels of chromium and was suspending the sale of those products, reports The Wall Street Journal . The chromium was found to have emanated from drug-capsule manufacturers in the Zhejiang province in China, which were reported to be using industrial gelatin instead of gelatin marked for human consumption. The industrial-gr...
  • BMJ: Patients in US, UK Unknowingly Exposed to Toxic Substances

    The fallout over metal-on-metal hips distributed in the US and UK continues as a new article in the British Medical Journal alleges that hundreds of thousands of patients have been exposed to toxic substances as a result of being implanted with the devices. "Despite the fact that these risks have been known and well documented for decades, patients have been kept in the dark about their participation in what has effectively been a large uncontrolled experiment," write...