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China throws money at its drug scandals

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on August 13, 2007

Now that the Chinese government has executed the former top food and drug regulator, Beijing wants to show the rest of the world that we don’t need to worry so much about all of the scandals plaguing the country’s pharmaceutical industry. Everything, apparently, will soon be under control. At least, that’s what the State Food and Drug Administration would have us believe. Last week the SFDA announced that the China’s central and local governments would pump $1.2 billion in additional spending to boost oversight of Chinese pharmaceutical industry.

However, according to the Xinhua report of SFDA spokeswoman Yan Jianying’s press conference on August 8, the government’s priorities seem a bit misplaced. Says Xinhua: “Yan listed several projects for which the investment will be used, including the renovation of 16 testing centers of imported drugs.” Imported drugs? What? The worst scandals are the ones involving counterfeit or otherwise illegal drugs made in China, and as part of its big revamp the SFDA is going to crack down on all of those bogus pills made by, of course, foreigners. Interesting argument.

To be fair, the SFDA does have other items on its agenda, including renovations of centers that test locally made drugs and medical devices. According to Yan, “With this investment, China will comprehensively improve the infrastructure and technology for food and drug administration in three to five years.” No word from her on what Chinese buying locally made drugs are supposed to do between now and then.

Reader Comments

Edwin Stern

September 14, 2007 7:15 PM

Taking America Back

The recent uncovering of the Chinese lead paint, the defective tires, the poisoned pet foods, and the toothpastes tainted with anti-freeze, are only the slightest tip of the iceberg of the damage China is causing inside the United States.
The Chinese penetration of the US manufacturing base over the last decade with its cheaply manufactured goods is now a national security threat.
The US military, once the strongest in the world, backed by our machine shops, our fabrication shops, and our broad industrial base is eroding at a rapid rate, while the Chinese strengthen their military and industrial base at US expense.
Finally there is some good news to report on this front.
A few years ago in Wisconsin, one of the country’s brightest industrial minds, put together a group of companies, each with specific core competencies in areas such as large boring bar work, production CNC machining, stampings, tool making, and screw machine work to name a few, to turn things around.
These companies offered better than the norm pricing in their areas of specialization and were brought to market in Wisconsin and Illinois.
Since that time hundreds of companies have purchased from this group and have had their costs reduced on domestically purchased commodities.
This is the first and greatest positive response to the communist attack on our manufacturing base.
With a heightened sense of awareness throughout the US manufacturing sector, more companies will discover less expensive domestic suppliers for their own purchased goods and become less dependent on the growing Chinese military-industrial base, which has now become a very real and serious threat to the United States economy.

Under U.S. law, products of forced labor should never make their way to the American shores. Since 1983, it has been illegal to import goods made by forced labor into the United States.

don morton

March 19, 2008 1:32 PM

Like in Britain in the late thirties, while there government cut deals with their potential foe, Nazi Germany. The British politicians allowed their military upgrades to stagnate. But several aircraft companies developed new fighters on their, the spitfire and hurricane, which were to later win the battle of Britain. In the same way these few men and companies may save America from the Chinese onslaught to come. Again no thanks to our politians. Dem and pub both sold out to China. America is suffering for these two out of control political parties.

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