Gov’t in­spec­tor ac­cused of leak­ing se­crets to 8 drug firms

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan’s Agency Against Cor­rup­tion ( ) yesterday be­gan a probe into a gov­ern­ment in­spec­tor ac­cused of il­le­gally leak­ing in­for­ma­tion to eight phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal firms in re­turn for bribes.

A food and drug in­spec­tor sur­named Chen is ac­cused of dis­clos­ing clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion to help firms with phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­spec­tions, ac­cord­ing to the anti- cor­rup­tion agency, which is un­der the Min­istry of Jus­tice (

). He is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for cor­rup­tion, leak­ing se­crets and other of­fenses.

Pros­e­cu­tors said that Chen’s case had been sub­mit­ted to the Agency Against Cor­rup­tion by his em­ployer, the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion ( FDA, ), and that it was be­ing pur­sued with the FDA’s as­sis­tance. The agency’s Chuo Chun- chi

) and Chu Li- hao ( ),

( a pros­e­cu­tor at the New Taipei Dis­trict Pros­e­cu­tors Of­fice (

), yesterday or­dered a search of Chen’s of­fices and other lo­ca­tions in Taoyuan, Tainan and Kaoh­si­ung.

The agency said that sus­pects in the case in­cluded Chen and 17 oth­ers from the eight phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies who al­legedly paid mil­lions of New Tai­wan Dol­lars for as­sis­tance re­lated to the PIC/ S Good Man­u­fac­tur­ing Prac­tice ( GMP) in­spec­tions.

Sus­pected firms are the Gen­uine Chem­i­cal Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Co. ( ) , CBC Biotech­no­log­i­cal & Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Co. (

) , Wei Li Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Co. ( ) , New Chem. & Pharm. Co. ( ) , Paitun Bio­chem­i­cal Phar­macy (

) , Fish­er­man Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Co. ( ) , Der­san Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Co. ( ) and Kuang Nan Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Co. ( ) , ac­cord­ing to the Agency Against Cor­rup­tion.

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