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Up To Five S. Korean Pharmas Halt Certain Drug Sales In Asbestos Scare

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Several South Korean pharmaceutical companies have halted sales of antibiotics and six other drugs following a discovery they might be contaminated with asbestos, a carcinogen. The names of the four or five companies believed taking the precautionary action were not released, but their drugs are said to be suspected of containing talc contaminated with asbestos. Talc often is used in the molding process and for polishing. A primary supplier was Duksan Pure Chemicals. In addition to antibiotics, possibly tainted drugs include antacids and hemostatic powder. (Click here for more)

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