For purposes of anticounterfeiting and pharmacovigilance, “in our world of economic unions and free trade agreements, a country’s drug regulations are only as good as its weakest import partner”.


Peter J. Harris and Ian C. Shaw (2015) The Contrasting Medicines Regulatory Environments of China and the Western World, Pharmaceutical Medicine, First online: 16 October 2015 :


Note: the reference list includes news we have missed over the summer, such as:

19.BBC News Asia-Pacific. China food safety head executed. http://​news.​bbc.​co.​uk/​2/​hi/​6286698.​stm. Accessed 13 Jun 2015.
21.Reuters. China detains 1300 people suspected of making, selling fake drugs: media. http://​www.​reuters.​com/​article/​2013/​12/​15/​us-china-crime-fake-idUSBRE9BE01P201​31215. Accessed 13 Jun 2015.