MHW orders recall of tainted medicine

The China Post
Date: April 16, 2015
By: The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Laboratory tests run by the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW, 衛生福利部) yesterday found medicine manufactured by Liang Jih Tarng Bio Technology Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (良濟堂生技製藥有限公司) to be tainted with industrial-grade materials. Authorities immediately ordered the product to be removed from store shelves.

In the MHW’s report, the Liang Jih Tarng-branded “Guanyin Jiu Ku Dan” (觀音牌救苦丹) product contained industrial-grade magnesium carbonate, arsenic and iron, which violates standards of the Chinese Pharmacopoeia. The company now has five days to remove the product from shelves and complete a product recall within 30 days. Existing supplies of the medicine are to be sealed and shipping of it must be halted.

According to the company’s website, the product is used to treat stomach pain, vomiting, and abdominal pain. It also stated it was effective against hangover and mild coughing.     [FULL  STORY]

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