CHINA BEGINS COMPREHENSIVE CHECK OF PHARMACEUTICAL PLANTS

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China has launched a comprehensive check of pharmaceutical plants nationwide after a fake drug caused the death of five people. "Drug administrations should immediately launch comprehensive checks of raw materials purchased, management of materials and examination of finished products of pharmaceutical plants," says a circular issued by the State Food and Drug Administration.

Xinhua (http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-05/19/content_4573789.htm)