China's drug websites warned off ephedrine products
BEIJING, Oct 29, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
China's drug watchdog has reiterated
that online drug vendors may not sell compound preparations or
prescription drugs containing ephedrine, in the latest effort to
regulate drug sales online.
According to a circular released on Tuesday by the China Food and
Drug Administration, qualifications in Internet drug trading services
are required for pharmaceutical producers or trading enterprises to
conduct online drug business, and high-street drug retailers must
check and register the identities of those who buy compound
preparations or prescription drugs with ephedrine.
The circular was issued after the watchdog found more more than
2,000 Chinese websites to be allegedly involved in selling drugs
illegally two weeks ago.
In addition, high-street drug retailers are also prohibited from
showcasing or promoting ephedrine-based drugs to consumers on drug
trading websites, the circular added.
Under China's food and drug regulation, online drug vendors must
be approved by authorities. They may only sell over-the-counter drugs
at present, and online sales of prescription drugs and those
containing ephedrine are prohibited.
Ephedrine is the primary ingredient in methamphetamine.
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