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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.

Source: SGGP

Guantanamo convict’s victim recalled as a hero

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 7:41 am

 Six days before a young Canadian lobbed a fatal grenade at a U.S. soldier, that soldier had run into a minefield and rescued two injured Afghan children, the U.S. war crimes tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay naval base learned on Wednesday.

The military jurors who will sentence Toronto native Omar Khadr heard testimony about the special forces medic Khadr admitted murdering during a firefight in Afghanistan, U.S. Sergeant 1st Class Christopher Speer.

“Chris risked his own life and his opportunity to go back to his children because there were two Afghan children who had been injured in an active minefield,” a colleague and friend identified only as Sergeant Major Y testified. “Chris went into that active minefield and rescued those children.”

Defendant Omar Khadr, a native of Toronto, Canada, listens to testimony during his commissions trial at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, in this courtroom sketch October 27, 2010.

Speer was posthumously awarded the Soldier’s Medal, which commemorates acts of heroism, he said, stopping his testimony several times to breathe deeply and hold back tears.

The incident occurred on July 21, 2002, six days before Speer’s unit engaged in a firefight at a compound where the then-15-year-old Khadr lived and worked with a group of al Qaeda bomb-makers.

In his guilty plea on Monday, Khadr admitted he threw the grenade that hurled shrapnel into Speer’s brain, becoming the fifth prisoner convicted in the much-criticized tribunals at the Guantanamo Bay naval base and the first person since World War Two prosecuted in a war crimes tribunal for acts committed as a juvenile.

Speer died 12 days later at a military hospital in Germany, a loss that fellow soldiers said devastated their unit.

“The loss was absolutely catastrophic, it was immediate and it was long-lasting,” said Captain E, who was once Speer’s boss and later replaced him in the unit in Afghanistan.


The soldiers described Speer as a committed family man and outstanding medic, a serene and graceful man who never got rattled.

“Sometimes you get an individual who just becomes the heart and soul of your unit … that was Chris,” the captain said.

The special forces soldiers’ names were not disclosed because they are still on active duty. Khadr, now 24, looked down during their testimony but showed no emotion.

He pleaded guilty on Monday to all five charges against him, including murdering Speer, conspiring with al Qaeda to attack civilians, and making and planting roadside bombs for use against U.S. convoys in Afghanistan.

His plea agreement calls for him to serve one more year at the Guantanamo detention camp, where he has been held for eight yeas, and then return to Canada to serve the rest of his sentence. The sentence is reportedly capped at eight years, but if the jury issues a different sentence he would serve whichever is shorter.

Khadr is the son of a dead al Qaeda financier and was raised in what one sibling called “an al Qaeda family” now living in the Toronto area.

Defense lawyers spent much of the day in an attempt to discredit a psychiatrist who was hired by prosecutors to assess Khadr and deemed him “highly dangerous.”

The psychiatrist, Michael Welner, acknowledged he had relied in part on research by a Danish doctor. The psychologist, Nicolai Sennels, worked with young Muslim prisoners in Denmark and said the more religiously devout they were, the poorer their prognosis was for re-integration into Western society.

Welner said he found some of Sennels’ research useful but did not share his view that Muslims should not be allowed to immigrate to Europe, nor his view that the Koran was “a criminal book.”

Sennels also wrote that massive inbreeding among Muslims had “done catastrophic damage to their gene pool” and impaired their intelligence and sanity.

Welner said he did not share that view either, but that “It’s my understanding that Omar Khadr is not a product of inbreeding.”

He said his opinion that Khadr was a risk for future violence was “not because he is devout, not because he is Muslim, but because he is a person who has a history of murder.”

Source: SGGP

More than 200 million eggs recalled in US salmonella scare

In Uncategorized on August 19, 2010 at 11:22 am

WASHINGTON, Aug 18, 2010 (AFP) – A US egg producer has recalled more than 200 million chicken eggs apparently contaminated with salmonella bacteria after hundreds of reported cases of illness, the FDA reported Wednesday.

AFP/File – A US egg producer has recalled more than 200 million chicken eggs apparently contaminated with salmonella

The eggs were produced by Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa, and sold around the country under 143 different brands, and are packed in boxes of six, 12 and 18 eggs.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it had been investigating since late June. It found almost four times the usual rate of salmonella-related illness being reported, an FDA statement said.

Salmonella can cause intestinal infections and is transmitted by foods contaminated by animal fecal matter.

Source: SGGP

Memories of Uncle Ho recalled

In Uncategorized on May 19, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Memories of Uncle Ho recalled

QĐND – Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 22:35 (GMT+7)

PANO – Various artists and soldiers had an opportunity to meet with and have talks with Uncle Ho, the great national hero. Hereafter are some stories recalling those occasions.

A driving force in a career

Colonel Nguyen Tien, a musician and the deputy art director of the Army Dance and Singing Theatre, could not forget his first meeting with Uncle Ho.

That was in mid-1963 when Tien, a 9 year-old monochord player, and other children under the Vang Anh Club, Nam Dinh Teenagers Cultural House, were preparing for a special performance for an unknown guest.

When all artists were standing behind the curtain waiting for the opening of the performance, they recognized Uncle Ho walking into the hall from the back door; Uncle Ho was in brown and looked very agile.

At that time, although no one said to each other, they all rushed by the window to see the leader of Vietnam.

Having spotted many people watching him, Uncle Ho stopped and smiled at them fondly.

All artists stood at attention and raised their right hands up to salute Uncle Ho.  Embarrassingly, Tien raised his left hand up.

“I remember that Uncle Ho pointed at me and gently said that ‘You are saluting in wrong way. The correct one is to raise your right hand up’”, recalled Colonel Tien.

“Uncle Ho smiled with pleasure as I was correcting my gesture”, he added.

Right after Tien’s solo performance of a Hue folk song, Uncle Ho waved him and gave Tien a handful of sweets, 8 in all.

Daringly, Tien asked Uncle Ho to sit by him, and the great hero of Vietnam agreed.

When a photograph of all artists with Uncle Ho was taken, Tien was highly honoured by his sitting by Uncle Ho.

Three years later, in 1966, Tien had an opportunity to perform for Uncle Ho for the second time at the Presidential Palace. Uncle Ho highly appreciated Tien’s performance and his progress.

When the performance ended, Tien approached to Uncle Ho. The President indulgently said that “In the previous year, you sat next to me. This year, that priority should be given to others”.

Uncle Ho’s sentiments and encouragement became a driving force for Tien to attain numerous achievements in his career. Rewards and prizes are clear evidences of Tien’s gratitude to Uncle Ho.

Moving love

Hanoi’s Air-Defence Corps’ war veteran Dang Xuan Vien, proud of being the first to shoot down the first American aircraft in the sky over Ham Rong, met with Uncle Ho in 1961 for the first time, on the occasion of Uncle Ho’s visit to his home town in Nam Dan district, Nghe An Province.

His second time to meet with Uncle Ho was on July 19th, 1965, when Uncle Ho paid a visit to his unit which on duty at that time.

After walking around to see how soldiers lived, Uncle Ho went straight to the Battery No. 6. Having given regards to all soldiers, Uncle Ho held an iron helmet and asked whether the helmet was too heavy to make soldiers suffer from headaches.

Receiving the answer “No”, Uncle Ho recommended that the soldiers should put their iron helmets aside to avoid heat when not in combat.

While he was talking to all soldiers, Uncle Ho decided to face the sunlight which was behind the soldiers. “Uncle Ho’s sentiments made us moved”, Vien confided.

Uncle Ho’s visit encouraged Vien’s unit so much that on July 24th, 1965, his unit shot down three American fighters with four missiles.

At the third time when Uncle Ho visited the first battery under Unit H34, he suggested that the soldiers spend time studying to acquire a basic education level. “Knowledge is very necessary to fulfill any missions, in both the war-time and the peace-time”, said Uncle Ho.

Uncle Ho’s teaching

For the People’s Artist Tra Giang, Uncle’s Ho teaching about the responsibilities of revolutionary artists and the role of an artist as a soldier on the ideological and cultural front inspired her to try her best to become a successful and useful artist.

Tra Giang was the youngest Southern actress, aged 20 at that time, getting the honour of offering Uncle Ho a flower bouquet at the third National Artists and Writers Congress.

“Uncle Ho suggested students to learn Marxism and Leninism from specific matters and take care of themselves as well as keep the kitchen clean”, Tran Trong Tan, a former Con Dao political prisoner, who was the head of the National Committee for Ideology and Culture, recalled Uncle Ho’s visit to his class, opened in Hanoi in mid 1952.

“No word can express Uncle Ho’s sentiments to the Southern Vietnam’s civilians and soldiers. From each meal to any daily work, Uncle Ho always thinks of the South”, Tan added.

Colonel Ta Thi Kieu, whose home town is in Dong Khoi, Ben Tre, recalled her honour in meeting with Uncle Ho in 1965. Receiving her and other members of the delegation of the South’s Heroes, Uncle Ho touchingly said that “You all should laugh, not cry when you see me” as he saw all guests bursting into tears.

Uncle Ho inquired after the guests’ family and encouraged them to strive for studying and succeed in their career.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Vietnam tests children’s medicine recalled in US

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 12:42 pm

The Vietnam Drug Administration is testing two children’s and infant medications following a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall of over 40 over-the-counter drugs.

Vietnam will test children’s and infant’s medications to ensure patients’ safety

According to PhytoPharma, most of the Tylenol and Zyrtec liquid children’s products in Vietnam are made in Thailand and around 10,000 bottles of Infant’s Tylenol 15ml was recently imported into Vietnam in January while Zyrtec10 mg was imported from Italy four times over the 2009-2010 period, with 10,000 packets brought in each time (a packet has 10 tablets).

Although the imported drugs were not made in the United State and other nations in which the FDA had wanted recalls, VDA still checked the two drugs to ensure patients’ safety, the administration said.

Deputy health minister Cao Minh Quang instructed the departments of health in provinces and cities to recall the Tylenol and Zyrtec liquid children’s products made in the US as they could have entered Vietnam illegally ways.

Employees at drugstores in Ho Chi Minh City said now that city residents had read the news, they did not want to take the medications.

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Hospitals to keep close eyes on recalled child medications

Source: SGGP

Hospitals to keep close eyes on recalled child medications

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 8:51 am

The Vietnam Drug Administration has ordered hospitals to strictly monitor the use and affects of several children’s and infant medications following a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall of over 40 over-the-counter drugs.

Three of the Children’s Tylenol products that are being recalled in the 2010 Tylenol and liquid related product recall.

Liquid medicines like the Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, and Zyrtec brand names were recalled in the US and Vietnam must now monitor the application of these drugs, the administration said.

This recall is not due to any adverse reaction to the medications. The FDA simply noted that the medications did not meet its quality standards.

Some of the products included in the recall may contain higher concentrations of active ingredients than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles, according to the FDA.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health is following FDA announcements on the issue closely to ensure patients’ rights.

Most of the Tylenol and Zyrtec liquid children’s products in Vietnam are made in Thailand, and imported and distributed by PhytoPharma. The drugs are sold without a doctor’s prescription.

Source: SGGP