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