Thursday, May 17, 2007

Made in China: A Trail of Poisoned Medicine the WHO tried to Conceal

The kidneys fail first. Then the central nervous system begins to misfire. Paralysis spreads, making breathing difficult, then often impossible without assistance. In the end, most victims die. This is the gruesome outcome of taking the medicines made in China.

Over the years, the poison has been loaded into all varieties of medicine — cough syrup, fever medication, injectable drugs — a result of counterfeiters who profit by substituting the sweet-tasting solvent for a safe, more expensive syrup, usually glycerin, commonly used in drugs, food, toothpaste and other products.

An extensive coverage by the New York Times was launched earlier this year to discover the global trail of death as phoney medicines from China were conveniently and cheaply distributed to the poorer parts of the world, which has already caused thousands of deaths. The following is the report in the NY Times published on May 6 2007:

“Panama is the most recent victim. Last year, government officials there unwittingly mixed diethylene glycol into 260,000 bottles of cold medicine — with devastating results. Families have reported 365 deaths from the poison, 100 of which have been confirmed so far. With the onset of the rainy season, investigators are racing to exhume as many potential victims as possible before bodies decompose even more.
Panama’s death toll leads directly to Chinese companies that made and exported the poison as 99.5 percent pure glycerin.
Forty-six barrels of the toxic syrup arrived via a poison pipeline stretching halfway around the world. Through shipping records and interviews with government officials, The New York Times traced this pipeline from the Panamanian port of Colón, back through trading companies in Barcelona, Spain, and Beijing, to its beginning near the Yangtze Delta in a place local people call ‘chemical country.’”

I wonder what is the role the WHO authority in this devastating incident? And with all these unlawful crimes against humanity, why did the WHO still side with China in blocking Taiwan’s attempt to enter the organization? Where is the justice and common sense in this? These are the questions, I think, the WHO has been dodging for decades.

1 comment:

manzana said...

I saw a report on New York Time few days ago. It’s about Chinese-made toothpastes which adds some poison chemicals and led at least 100 people died in Panama, and I also found that many Chinese people think that it’s all Westerner try to keep Chinese down because of the mounting trade war. It’s horrible that some people in China still don’t want to face the safety of their products, and the Chinese news media also have a consist refrain. I really don’t understand how WHO can stand on China’s side and block us. Don't they see the poor health condition in China and their bureau seems not trying hard to deal with this problem?