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Low quality drugs recalled

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:23 am

The Vietnam Drug Administration on January 3 announced a ban on the sale and use of the two lots of medications, Bocefac and Methotrexat Ebewe. This is because both drugs have failed to meet legal requirements.

Methotrexat Ebewe

The banned drugs are Bocefac dry syrup, which code is 22709001, with the expiry date of September 6, 2012. This drug was produced by the Boram Pharm Company Limited, Korea and imported into Vietnam by Quang Nam Pharmaceutical and Medical Materials Company.

The medication failed to satisfy the requirements of content. It is used for the treatment of ear, nose, throat, the respiratory tract, the urinary tract and skin infections caused by bacteria.

Vietnam Drug Administration also prohibited sales of Methotrexat Ebewe (for injection), used to treat cancer or severe diseases, caused by an overactive immune system. This is because it failed to meet the legal requirements.

This medication code is 93364804, 93364806, 93364808, 95598706, 95199210, and the registration number is VN-5351-10. The drugs do not have a clear induction of manufacturing and no expiry date. Ebewe Pharma Ges.m.b.H.Nfg.KG manufactures the drugs in Austria.

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S.Africa judge drops drugs charge against Paris Hilton

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2010 at 8:05 am

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, July 3, 2010 (AFP) – American party girl Paris Hilton was arrested for possession of marijuana at a World Cup match Friday, but a South African judge tossed out the charges against her.

(FILES) A picture taken on May 18, 2010 shows Paris Hilton arriving to attend the World Music Awards in Monaco. AFP

Hilton and her friend, former Playboy Playmate Jennifer Rovero, were arrested for carrying a joint at the Brazil-Netherlands quarter-final match in the southern city of Port Elizabeth.

They appeared in one of South Africa’s special World Cup courts at 12:20 am Saturday (2220 GMT Friday), about six hours after the match, where Hilton was named “Accused No. 1” in the case.

“The charges against you, Accused No. 1, are dropped,” magistrate Xolile Dlulisa said.

“Thank you, your honour,” Hilton replied and left the court, after the three-minute hearing.

She arrived at the courthouse about 30 minutes earlier and appeared relaxed, smiling at court officials with her blonde hair pulled into two ponytails and wearing a white t-shirt with a lion on the front, green trousers and brown boots.

While she waited for the hearing, people with FIFA badges were seen bringing her seven pizzas, 12 cold drinks and six waters in an antechamber.

Her friend 31-year-old Rovero was found guilty of possession of marijuana and ordered to either spend 30 days in jail or pay a 1,000 rand (128 dollar, 100 euro) fine. She paid the fine.

Their lawyer Terry Price told AFP the charges were dropped against Hilton, 29, because Rovero was actually holding the joint when they were arrested.

“They got the wrong fucking blonde,” an agitated Price said afterwards as he left the courthouse.

Rovero’s website says she was a Playboy Playmate of the month for July 1999, but is now producing photo shoots. She was described in court as a freelance photographer, with two children, aged eight and three.

The judge, who was sweating and wiping his head during the hearing, seemed almost apologetic in handing down his verdict.

“It’s very difficult for a human being to decide the fate of another human being. There’s no magic formula,” he said.

“It’s unfortunate that while you’re a visitor to this country you find yourself on the wrong side of the law.”

South Africa set up the World Cup courts to quickly handle crimes dealing with foreigners during the tournament. They operate in normal courtrooms but keep staff working late into the night.

A darling of the tabloids, Hilton, the great-granddaughter of the Hilton hotel chain’s founder, shot to fame in 2003 when her boyfriend leaked a video of their sexual escapades on the Internet.

She became a television star with the reality show “The Simple Life” alongside her real-life friend, Nicole Ritchie, in which the celebrity princesses lived at a country farm in a lifestyle neither would likely ever otherwise encounter.

Hilton has since appeared in films and made musical recordings, but her efforts have only been greeted with three “Razzie Awards” — parodies of the Oscars doled out for the worst screen performances.

In 2007, Hilton was jailed for 23 days for violating probation over an alcohol-related reckless driving conviction triggering a media frenzy in the United States.

In March, Brazilian regulators forced changes to a beer ad in which Hilton appeared in suggestive poses, after banning the original spot as sexist.

Source: SGGP

China executes Briton over drugs; Brown slams decision

In World on December 29, 2009 at 11:13 am

 China on Tuesday executed a British citizen caught smuggling heroin, the British Foreign Office said, in a move quickly condemned by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Akmal Shaikh‘s family and the British government had appealed for clemency, arguing the former businessman suffered from bipolar disorder. The Chinese supreme court rejected the appeal saying there was insufficient grounds.

“I condemn the execution of Akmal Shaikh in the strongest terms, and am appalled and disappointed that our persistent requests for clemency have not been granted,” Brown said in a statement issued by the British Foreign Office.

“I am particularly concerned that no mental health assessment was undertaken.”

China had yet to publicly confirm Shaikh had been executed in the western city of Urumqi at the time Brown made the statement. Shaikh had been due to be executed on Tuesday morning.

Shaikh was still “hopeful” when relatives met him in Urumqi this weekend, his cousin Soohail Shaikh told reporters at Beijing airport late on Monday night.

“We beg the Chinese authorities for mercy and clemency to help reunite the heartbroken family,” Soohail Shaikh had said.

Brown last week asked China not to execute Shaikh, who was born in Pakistan and moved to Britain as a boy. While not leading to any diplomatic rift, the case could harden public opinion in Britain against China, and also rile Chinese public opinion.

The two countries recently traded accusations over the troubled Copenhagen climate change negotiations.

Shaikh’s defenders, including British rights group Reprieve which lobbies against the death penalty, say he was tricked into smuggling the heroin by a gang who promised to make him a pop star. Arrested in 2007, a Chinese court rejected his final appeal on December 21.

Reprieve posted on the Internet a recording Shaikh made of a song, “Come Little Rabbit”, which it described as “dreadful” but which Shaikh believed would be an international hit and help bring about world peace.

He would be the first European citizen to be executed in China since 1951, Western rights groups say.

Shaikh’s family says he suffered from bipolar disorder, and was tricked into becoming a mule by a smuggling gang who promised him a music recording contract.

“This is not about how much we hate the drug trade. Britain as well as China are completely committed to take it on,” the British Foreign Secretary, David Milliband, said in a statement emailed to reporters. “The issue is whether Mr. Shaikh has become an additional victim of it.”

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