Taiwan's health ministry orders recall of tainted medicine

Taiwan's health ministry orders recall of tainted medicine

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Laboratory tests run by the Ministry of Health and Welfare yesterday found medicine manufactured by Liang Jih Tarng Bio Technology Pharmaceuticals Ltd. to be tainted with industrial-grade materials. Authorities immediately ordered the product to be removed from store shelves.

In the MHW's report, the Liang Jih Tarng-branded "Guanyin Jiu Ku Dan" product contained industrial-grade magnesium carbonate, arsenic and iron, which violates standards of the Chinese Pharmacopoeia.

The company now has five days to remove the product from shelves and complete a product recall within 30 days. Existing supplies of the medicine are to be sealed and shipping of it must be halted.

According to the company's website, the product is used to treat stomach pain, vomiting, and abdominal pain. It also stated it was effective against hangover and mild coughing.

Violations of the Pharmaceuticals Affairs Act can lead to fines ranging from NT$60,000 (S$2,600) to NT$300,000. The company must pass further inspection of its raw materials to continue operations. Failure to adhere to regulations could result in further fines ranging from NT$30,000 to NT$150,000.

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