New FDA Drug Inspectors in China20 December 2013
CHINA - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to add 10 new drug inspectors to its office in China, in a bid to eliminate weak monitoring of the food sector.
According to Wisconsin Ag Connection, as per reports, in countries like China, weak oversight has allowed tainted drug ingredients into the US After an initial debate over the allowing of new regulators in the country, China will now finally get ten more drug inspectors.
They will help oversee drug and ingredient producers whose products make it into the US supply chain.
FDA is said to have been trying for more than a year to add inspectors in the Asian country but had failed because of governmental pressures there. Vice President Joe Biden was able to get a final commitment during a visit to Beijing last week.
"It's a big request for any government to allow an increase in foreign inspectors in your country," Christopher Hickey, director of the FDA's China office was quoted as saying in a report.
China's drug regulatory agency is believed to be unable to keep on top of its rapidly growing drug production industry, but Western drugmakers say it is making more of an effort.
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