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China Cracks Down on Bad Drugs with "Illegal, Psychedelic or Poisonous Ingredients"

A law enforcement officer walking on fake medicines awaiting destruction in Beijing
A law enforcement officer walking on fake medicines awaiting destruction in BeijingPhotograph by Imaginechina/AP Photo

China’s knows it has got a big problem with fake and harmful drugs. The country’s latest crackdown shows how the Chinese Internet has given a new, unfortunate, boost to the illicit trade.

China’s headache with bad drugs certainly isn’t new. Way back in July 2007, China’s top food and drug regulator Zheng Xiaoyu was executed for corruption. His crime: taking bribes for safety approvals of substandard drugs, causing at least 10 deaths, China’s media reported at the time.