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New analysis questions the value of flu drug Tamiflu

A new analysis has reported that the popular flu drug Tamiflu did not prevent the spread of flu or reduce dangerous complications, and only slightly alleviated flu symptoms. The analysis, conducted by The Cochrane Collaboration, also claimed...

Deregistration of oral pharmaceuticals containing ketoconazole in Hong Kong

The Department of Health (DH) today (February 27) drew the public’s attention to the decision of the Pharmacy and Poisons (Registration of Pharmaceutical Products and Substances: Certification of Clinical Trial/Medicinal Test) Committee...

Avoid unregistered and improperly labelled proprietary Chinese medicines

The Department of Health (DH) today (February 26) urged members of the public to stop using two proprietary Chinese medicines (pCms), namely Japan The First Brand – Heart Tonic Pills and Feng Shou Brand – Shu Chin Chih Tung Kao (HKP-07811)...

Too much aluminum in Chinese diet

It was recently found that more than 30 percent of Chinese people’s diets contain more aluminum than recommended.  40 percent of the excess aluminum is found in flour, with the primary contributor being the alum mixed with it.  It is common...

Four components for better brain health

There might not be one supplement that will whip your brain into fighting shape, but there are a number of realistic strategies that you can employ to improve brain health.  Outlined below are four key components to a healthier brain.  Feel...

Investment opportunities in the Asian dietary supplement market

  The dietary supplement industry has been predicted to be the world’s fastest growing industry during the period from 2012 to 2017, according to Research and Markets. While the organization expects the North American market to account...

Eli Lilly investigated for bribery and corruption in China

United States pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co became the third foreign drug company to be hit with bribery and corruption scandals in China, joining Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and France’s Sanofi which faced similar scandals...

Confidence shaken in foreign milk products

About 53.7 percent of survey respondents said their confidence in foreign milk products has been shaken by the Fonterra botulism scare, though another large group remains wary of domestic products, a survey said Tuesday. Conducted by the China...

More Chinese pharmacies stop selling bear bile

Eight Chinese pharmacy chains announced Thursday that they have stopped selling bear bile products, as they joined a campaign launched by an animal charity to end controversial bear farming. The eight chains, with 151 drugstores in Chengdu,...

China pledges efforts to fight healthcare bribery

China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission vowed to continue working with judicial agencies in efforts to curb commercial bribery in the pharmaceutical industry and health service sector.   The Commission’s latest...