China issues list of licensed companies
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
Executive SummaryFollowing the Baxter Healthcare's heparin safety scare, China's State FDA warns pharmaceutical companies to do business only with licensed pharmaceutical manufacturing and trading companies listed on the SFDA's Web site (1"The Tan Sheet" Feb. 18, 2008, p. 15). However, the list is available only in Mandarin. Importing companies must ensure the legality, quality and safety of imported raw materials meet their standards, SFDA said in a Feb. 26 statement. That said, SFDA says it will cooperate with the U.S., European Union members and other countries to ensure the safety of exported ingredients as it did when two FDA inspectors Feb. 20 examined the plant in Changzhou, China, where some of the ingredients in Baxter's injectable heparin were made. The manufacturer, Changzhou Kaipu Biochemistry, is a joint venture between Wisconsin-based Scientific Protein Laboratories and Changzhou Techpool...
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