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Tainted Drugs

China recalled the drugs methotrexate and cytarabin hydrochloride, used to treat leukemia, Saturday. One AP article reported the drugs, produced by the Shanghai Hualian Pharmaceutical Co., had been blamed for leg pains and other problems. The article comments on the recent string of recalls on Chinese made products, and includes China’s accusations of tainted meat from the U.S. and Canada. Another AP article that reported on the recall referenced a statement by the State Food and Drug Administration saying the drug caused adverse reactions in several young leukemia patients in hospitals of Guangxi autonomous region in southern China and the eastern financial center of Shanghai. The article also discusses China’s efforts at cracking down on these kinds of incidents.