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22 nabbed for toxic drug capsules

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22 nabbed for toxic drug capsules

Updated: 2012-04-16 20:39(Xinhua)

HANGZHOU - Police in East China's Zhejiang province said Monday they had captured 22 people who allegedly produced and sold pharmaceutical capsules containing excessive levels of chromium.

By Monday noon, police had detained 11 of the suspects from four capsule manufacturing companies in Xinchang county, according to a spokesman from the county's public security bureau.

On Sunday, an investigative report from China Central Television revealed that several companies in Xinchang, a major pharmaceutical production hub in China, had manufactured drug capsules with industrial gelatin, which contains a much greater amount of chromium than edible gelatin and is illegal to use for making drug capsules.

The report showed that the industrial gelatine used to manufacture the capsules was made from scraps of leather material. The report said the gelatin came from companies in northern Hebei province and eastern Jiangxi province.

Local police will investigate 43 capsule manufacturing companies in Xinchang and suspend operations for those found to be operating outside the law, the spokesman said.

Late Sunday night, the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued an emergency notice, calling for suspended sales and consumption of a list of drugs that may have been packed into the contaminated capsules.

The SFDA has instructed local bureaus to monitor the drugs specified in the notice.

The Chinese Pharmacopoeia sets clear standards for capsule manufacturers and requires drug makers to purchase capsules only from licensed manufacturers, the notice said.

The notice said drug manufacturers will face legal consequences if inspection results indicate that they have failed to meet government standards.

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Another news report about the processing of medicine for meth(冰毒)

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Stricter monitoring of med salesUpdated: 2012-04-16 16:59
By Zhao Ruixue and An Baijie (

The State Food and Drug Administration has called for stricter enforcement of measures limiting the sale of cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, which has been used for the illicit manufacture of the drug methamphetamine.

The Shandong provincial food and drug bureau has issued an emergency notice asking drugstores to keep a closer check on the identity of customers who buy the cold medicine Contac NT.

In March, 37 suspects were arrested in Liaocheng city for using Contac NT to produce methamphetamines, according to Liaocheng public security bureau spokesman Fu Yantao.

Fu told China Daily on Monday that the suspects bought nearly a thousand packs of Contac NT Sustained Release Capsules, to manufacture more than 60 grams of methamphetamine, known commonly as "meth", and also known by its street name "ice".

Ten packs of Contac NT, costing about 100 yuan, can produce three grams of meth, which can bring a street price of 800 yuan, police said.

One of the main ingredients, pseudoephedrine hydrochloride, which eases nasal congestion, is converted into ephedrine to produce meth.

Contac NT contains 90 milligrams of pseudoephedrine hydrochloride per 95 milligram capsule, according to the website of GlaxoSmithKline China, the manufacturer of Contac NT.

China Daily could not reach Tianjin-based Glaxo China for comment on Monday.

Under current regulations, customers can buy at most five packs of Contac NT at a time. The suspects asked relatives and friends to buy more, amassing nearly a thousand packs, according to Liaocheng police.

Drugstores should record the information on the identification cards of Contac NT buyers, said Liaocheng Police officer Wu Ying.

"The purchase of such medicines as Contac NT should be restricted," Wu said. They should be sold by prescription only, she added.

In Jinan, the capital of Shandong province, Haizhou Drugstore pharmacist Wang Ailing said customers can only buy one pack of Contac NT at a time. If they want to buy more than one pack, they have to provide their personal information to the drugstore. “Most recent customers are local residents. They know me and came in to buy a pack of Contac after catching a cold,” Wang reported.

At the Zhang Zhongjing Pharmacy in the Jinshui district of Zhengzhou, the capital of Central China's Henan province, customers can buy at most three packs of Contac NT, even with identification, said a store clerk.

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In fact,I don't want to say nothing.A series of medical problems have made me crazy.How does the productor product the produce?Why the government before the incident did not find out the problem?Recycling of used leather shoes for medicinal capsules is a worser problem.The government's aim is to serve the people.As a chinese,the harmonious society is our hope.

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RabbiMoMo Post time: 2012-4-16 14:01

Gelatin (or gelatine) is a translucent, colorless, brittle (when dry), flavorless solid sub ...

But there is a difference between "Industrial" and "Food" graded products.

In this instance, using old leather products (where you will find collagen), will result in the product containing CHROMIIUM, which is not a recognised food, as is gelatin.

The tanning process of most leathers is done using chromium, which binds tightly to the collagen, and as a result, the use of such sources of collagen will be contaminated with Chromium.

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This post was edited by RealMadrid1 at 2012-4-16 23:03
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Stricter monitoring of med salesUpdated: 2012-04-16 16:59
By Zhao Ruixue and An Baijie (chinadaily.c ...

They are a bit slow on the uptake of this trick - in Australia and many EU countries there is a limit on the availability of any products containing pseudoephidrene, and has been for the past five years or more.

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liuyedao Post time: 2012-4-16 21:13
It's an isolated and unwanted incidents.

You don't need to feel excited by it.

Unwanted ? Certainly. Isolated ? I wouldn't be so sure.

Truth is in the last 2 years we have seen a lot of rather alarming news about food safety, toys safety, and now medicine safety.

The positive side of it is all these news came from state media, meaning the government is doing the necessary to crack down on all these abuses.

Unlike some posters here, the CCP realizes not everything is perfect in China and works toward making life in this country better for everybody.

When this kind of news comes to light I don't think it is a loss of face or shame for China. Au contraire ! I believe the government shows to its people, and to the rest of the world, that China is not a third world country and this kind of monkey business will not be tolerated anymore.

And let me tell you, there are probably a thousand other problems much like this one and I truly believe the government will go and tackle all these problems one by one.

What makes a great country is not whether or not there are problems, it's whether or not the country can face its own issues and deal with them properly.
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