Former Chinese drug
administration chief Zheng Xiaoyu is under investigation on bribery-taking
suspicion by the country's top disciplinary department.
Zheng was removed from the post as head of the State Food and Drug
Administration (SFDA) on June 22 of 2005 and was involved in a string of bribery
cases, reported the China Business Post on Saturday.
Hao Heping, former director of the medical equipment department of the SFDA,
was arrested for bribery suspicion merely half a month after Zheng's leave.
Cao Wenzhuang, former director of drug registration department of the SFDA,
was under investigation in Jan. of 2006. Both of the two had worked as Zheng's
Zheng became SFDA director in 1998 when the agency was launched. He had been
devoted to promoting a certification system of Good Manufacturing Practice
In 2002, China adopted a national standard to replace local standards, which
means most of the medicines must be approved by the SFDA before they go into the
Those former officials misused the power to take bribes from drug
manufacturers, which has led to production of low-quality medicines and caused
serious medical accidents.
Xinfu, an antibiotic drug made by a company in east China's Anhui Province,
caused at least ten deaths last year. The SFDA banned the use of the product and
ordered its recall.
SFDA investigations discovered that the company had failed to observe
approved production standards by reducing the sterilization temperature and
shortening sterilization time.