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10 people under probe for alleged involvement in counterfeit drug case

2017/03/05 22:31:26

(Photo courtesy of Taiwan Pharmacist Association)

Taipei, March 5 (CNA) New Taipei district prosecutors have found 10 persons likely involving in the manufacture and sale of a counterfeit lipid-lowering drug, Crestor, in Taiwan after launching a raid to a factory and warehouse in Xizhi District on Sunday.

The nine men and one woman include a 42-year-old with the surname of Pan (潘), who was listed as the prime suspect for producing counterfeit rosuvastatin, which is marketed under the trade name of Crestor, according to the New Taipei District Prosecutors Office.

All the 10 people were being under questioning at the prosecutors office as of the press time, except a businessman surnamed Chen (陳), who was told earlier in the day to be able to leave on bail of NT$300,000 (US$9,695), said the prosecutors.

Rosuvastatin, a member of the drug class of statins, is used in combination with exercise, diet, and weight-loss to treat high cholesterol and related conditions, and to prevent cardiovascular disease.

The district prosecutors office took the actions after being informed by the Food and Drug Administration under the Ministry of Health and Welfare that the Crestor tablets in 10 mg, which were packed in packages carrying the lot number of MV503, could be counterfeit.

(By Sunrise Huang and Elizabeth Hsu)
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