Quality & Patient Safety

Hong Kong Hospital Authority fighting allegations of faulty drugs

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, March 31, 2009

Police have been called in to help investigate the Hospital Authority's most recent allegation of faulty drugs, according to The Standard. The latest scare involves 17,000 tablets of the diabetic drug metformin, which has been distributed mainly to patients on the west side of Hong Kong Island.

Acting under inquiries from the media, a department spokesperson said one of the two packages that was labeled HK-47363 was not registered.

According to The Standard, the investigation involves a 500-tablet package which was produced by Christo Pharmaceuticals. "We are handing the matter to the police, for them to investigate whether any wrongdoing had occurred," authority chairman Anthony Wu Ting-yuk said to the Standard. "We believe there may be been deceit involved."

To read more, click here.

Most Popular