China drug safety improving, CFDA says

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) said in a recent report that the country's food and drug safety industry has improved and that cases of illegal or bad drugs fell in 2015 compared to 2014. The agency said 353,951 illegal food and drug cases were filed last year, which was about 50,000 fewer cases than in 2014. The CFDA also said China's government shut down at least 13,000 businesses that were involved in "wrong-doing." The CFDA said the improvements were due to deeper coordination efforts between CFDA officials and other Chinese government departments. The CFDA announcement follows on from a report in January where the agency said it had shut down operations at 14 companies that were making a host of medications, some for use in children's products, because the drugs were not up to standards. The agency said then it was trying to impose new standards on companies and pushing them to adopt world-class good manufacturing practices. Report

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