MHW or­ders re­call of tainted medicine

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE -

Lab­o­ra­tory tests run by the Min­istry of Health and Wel­fare (MHW, ) yes­ter­day found medicine man­u­fac­tured by Liang Jih Tarng Bio Tech­nol­ogy Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals Ltd. ( ) 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” (

) 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.

Vi­o­la­tions of the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals Af­fairs Act ( ) can lead to fines rang­ing from NT$ 60,000 to NT$ 300,000. The com­pany must pass fur­ther in­spec­tion of its raw ma­te­ri­als to con­tinue op­er­a­tions. Fail­ure to ad­here to reg­u­la­tions could re­sult in fur­ther fines rang­ing from NT$30,000 to NT$150,000.

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