China says no pills made from human flesh in country
A photo released by the Korea Customs Service shows capsules filled with powdered human flesh in Daejeon, officials say.
May 8th, 2012
10:48 AM ET

China says no pills made from human flesh in country

Medications made of human tissue have not been found in China, the country's Health Ministry said Tuesday after reports a day earlier that pills made from the flesh of dead babies were smuggled from China into South Korea.

Chinese authorities will conduct an investigation into reports that the capsules, allegedly made from aborted fetuses, were made in China, Deng Haihua, a spokesman for China's Health Ministry, said in a report from the state-run Xinhua news agency. Similar allegations were investigated in August, and nothing was found to substantiate them, he said.

Deng said China has strict regulations to ensure that such a thing could not occur.

According to a report in the Korea Times, 29 smugglers of "human-flesh capsules" have been arrested after trying to bring 11,000 pills into the country while disguised as tourists.

More than 35 cases and more than 17,000 pills have been found by customs authorities since August, the South Korean website Dong-A Ilbo reported. 

The pills are taken by people who believe they may help increase stamina, for rejuvenation or by terminal cancer patients, according to the South Korean reports.

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  1. Big Pharma shifts research overseas - Mary

    Out of sight, out of mind–and out of the FDA's reach.

    Big Pharma has been outsourcing clinical trials at an alarming pace–but it's not just to save a buck.

    It's to save their meds, because it's much easier to get favorable results for iffy drugs when the research takes place far from prying eyes and pesky regulators.

    A new report in Vanity Fair, of all places, revealed that there were 6,485 overseas trials for drugs aimed at Americans in 2008 alone–up from 271 in 1990.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Big Pharma shifts research overseas - Mary

      And if you think standards here have sunk, you should check some of these places out.

      In one case, researchers analyzing the results from a drug trial in Iran found nearly all of the results to be fraudulent, according to the magazine.

      And when they're not faking data, they're stacking the deck.

      One trick you can only pull off overseas is to load your trial with "drug-naïve" patients–people who've never taken a med in their entire lives. These people almost always respond better to drugs than, say, the average American who's been taking medication for years.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Big Pharma shifts research overseas - Mary

    And since many Third World volunteers–some of whom are even homeless people–are in poor health to begin with, it's much easier to write off side effects. ...

    May 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Big Pharma shifts research overseas - Mary

      Even deadly side effects.

      But that's only part of the story–because the report also exposes what the FDA won't talk about: Today's drug studies are no longer the domain of dogged researchers on the verge of scientific discovery.

      It's a for-profit enterprise that's been seized by subcontractors paid to deliver results–and do they ever deliver.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. maloi

    Medications made of human tissue have not been found in China. It is true. They only grind, make them in powder form and put them in capsules when exported.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Big Pharma shifts research overseas - Mary

    The FDA told the New York Times that it has the power to reject overseas data–but I'd love to see hard numbers on how often that happens.

    Here's my guess: About as often as the feds manage to inspect those overseas trial sites.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Big Pharma shifts research overseas - Mary

    In other words, almost never–because in 2008, they visited just 0.7 percent, or 45 of the 6,485 sites.

    What does this mean for you? Take every new drug approval with a huge grain of salt. The meds that made it through the system before research shifted overseas were bad enough.

    Now, expect a new wave of drugs that are even worse.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Mary

    Lets hope my son who's in the Navy doesn't get docked in China!
    Nite all ;)

    May 8, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marisol

      I sure as hell hope he does! Bon appeti te! Loser.

      May 8, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marisol

    WHAT does any of this have to do with China and their disgusting pills? Start your own blog if you are so in love with your own words!

    May 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shanique

      "Disgusting pills"? You're projecting your own cultural values. The US says a fetus is not human until it's viable outside the womb in its third trimester, hence "medical procedure", not murder. If it's not a human, then it's meat, four or six pounds. Would you incinerate it as bio waste when it has value? You don't incinerate organ donor kidneys, do you? If herbal recipes suspended in this protein gelatenous substance help Chinese be more virile and powerful, keep your cultural proclivities to yourself and don't lecture the rest of the world on right and wrong. Americans are fat, indebted, and drug-addicted. Does the rest of the world lecture you?

      May 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthordare7

      @Marisol: These capsules are made in China with the belief that it will somehow make you look younger or make your dick hard or give a whole different meaning to the phrase 'you want to eat chinese today?" it is a sick practice and reflects the level of social sickness inside China. Whatever happened to the great culture of China? Buried under the grostesque red flag.

      May 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Carmen

    Holy hannah, do you talk the way you type??? Repeat, repeat, repeat. Damn, arent you tired of hearing yourself, because i sure am!

    May 8, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Marisol

    What does this have to do with China??? Get real!

    May 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • truthordare7

      What has that got to do with China? It was made in China! and it was shipped to Korea. Of course China is not guilty just like it is not guilty of colonizing other smaller countries like Tibet and East turkestan, and it does not have any enviromental problems, and no problems with human rights and democracy. It is a such a good country. NOT!

      May 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Carmen

    If thats what he has to look forward too, comming home, i would think he might prefer china!

    May 8, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. raven

    My God, big pharma, take a BREATH....

    May 8, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. soylentgreen

    this is soylentgreen...for real...nasty...

    May 8, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Silverado Mom

      I thought the same thing exactly!

      May 9, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Protoman

    @Mary. Amazing. I've spent an hour or so looking into what you posted. This is outageous and should be dealt with. Thank you for posting this info. :)

    May 8, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. WhiteKongFitty9

    @a chinese girl. Major Media not be fa entahtainmentah. Mayjaw MeadEuh be bout dollahs and sense g/f. Ieat puhayes ta be da tickla ub da ear. (can I get a *word* bana bay bayyyyye?) Nahp? Uh didnot think so.

    May 8, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Calvin and Hobbs

      Ohhhhh, I get it, your making fun of the way chinese people talk, or black people, or both. Nice.

      May 9, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. WHAT??

    You stole Protoman's name to give your girlfriend a pat on the back when you told her what to write in the first place? Sickening!

    May 8, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mary

      If it is my FRIEND, why should you care? Hmmm

      May 9, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Btw, wasn't him @ what?? , bye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      May 9, 2012 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
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