Taiwan hosts APEC conference on illegal medication

Taiwan on Wednesday hosted a conference on illegal medication under the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) framework.

Experts, officials, and businesspeople from the United States, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Malaysia attended the event. They shared their experiences with inspection techniques and management mechanisms.

Food and Drug Administration Director Wu Shou-mei said Wednesday that Taiwan hopes the conference can help bring the country closer to international standards. She also said Taiwan hopes it will showcase the country's ability to crack down on illegal medications.

Wu spoke about a scandal that broke in March involving a fake lipid-lowering drug that was circulating in Taiwan. She applauded the recent sentencing of the main suspect to 20 years in prison. Wu said judges should impose heavier fines in future cases involving illegal medication.

Source: Radio Taiwan International