China drug watchdog orders tightened market supervision

09:10, January 09, 2010      

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China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) has ordered local drug watchdogs to tighten market surveillance as it exposed eight unregistered websites marketing and selling medicines that could allegedly treat diseases such as high blood pressure.

The websites, including the Beijing-based, had been engaged in illegal dealing of medicines in the name of non-existent organizations or legal drug manufacturers, said a statement on the SFDA website.

The websites were still accessible.

The SFDA asked local drug authorities to probe into the cases once they find the problematic drugs on market and "severely penalize" those involved.

Those suspected of criminal offences should be referred to public security departments to claim criminal responsibilities, said the statement.

The SFDA advised consumers to buy medicines through official channels and take medication under professional guidance.

Source: Xinhua
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