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China Pulled 359 Drugs From Market For Illegal Ads In 2007

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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A total of 359 drugs were kept off the market by Chinese authorities in the first 10 months of last year because of advertisements deemed illegal. The State FDA said it counted 50,823 illegal ads for medical products during a time when it approved only 16,365. Of the ones approved, it had to recall 122 for various violations such as false or exaggerated assertions. May 2007 was the effective date for a new Measures for the Examination of Drug Advertisements, which allowed government agencies to take action against drug makers for illegal ads. (Click here for more

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