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Excessive Levels of Chromium Lead to Chinese Recall of 13 Drugs

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This week, China’s State Food and Drug Administration halted the sale of thirteen drugs that are believed to contain excessive levels of chromium. The capsules were manufactured with industrial gelatin, which contains higher levels of chromium than edible gelatin.

The administration says they have started an investigation into the case. China has a history of struggling with pharmaceutical safety problems, and public outcry has prompted the government to be more severe in dealing with contamination problems.

According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, excess chromium ingestion can lead to irritation and ulcers in the stomach and small intestine and could cause anemia.

“Typically, improperly produced drugs are a problem for developing countries, but the problem has become increasingly prevalent in the United States as pharmaceutical supply chains span the globe,” states Diane Miskowski, MPH, Business Development Manager at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “At EMSL, we help companies deal with these concerns in the industry and offer a wide variety of cutting-edge pharmaceutical testing services in our cGMP compliant laboratory.”

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About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the US and Canada. We provide analytical services for environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, forensics and materials science, consumer products, food safety, PCR, pharmaceutical, asbestos, lead, and radiological samples. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies. Please see our website for a complete listing of accreditations.


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