|The Shanghai Connection: Dangerous Drugs From Chinese Manufacturer of US Supply of RU 486|
|Written by Sherry|
|Thursday, 31 January 2008 05:36|
I'm feeling secure. Sure 'nuf. Per the New York Times
The manufacturer of bad leukemia drugs that have paralyzed over 200 patients is also the sole manufacturer of the US supply of RU 486 - the abortion drug. The plants are only a hour apart.
The investigation of the contaminated cancer drugs comes as China is trying to restore confidence in its tattered regulatory system. In the last two years, scores of people around the world have died after ingesting contaminated drugs and drug ingredients produced in China. Last year, China executed its top drug safety official for accepting bribes to approve drugs.
On at least two occasions in 2002, Shanghai Hualian had shipments of drugs stopped at the United States border, F.D.A. records show. One shipment was an unapproved antibiotic and the other a diuretic that had “false or misleading labeling.” Records also show that another unit of Shanghai Pharmaceutical Group has filed papers declaring its intention to sell at least five active pharmaceutical ingredients to manufacturers for sale in the United States.
Because of opposition from the anti-abortion movement, the F.D.A. has never publicly identified the maker of the abortion pill for the American market. The pill was first manufactured in France, and since its approval by the F.D.A. in 2000 it has been distributed in the United States by Danco Laboratories. Danco, which does not list a street address on its Web site, did not return two telephone calls seeking comment.