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Reward offer pressures China drug fakers

Aug. 5, 2012 at 11:05 AM
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BEIJING, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Chinese authorities said they were offering rewards for information on suspects as part of a continuing crackdown on counterfeit prescription drugs.

Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested in recent weeks in a push by law-enforcement agencies to shut down rings producing and selling phony pharmaceuticals, the Xinhua news agency said Sunday.

At the same time, the Ministry of Public Security said it would pay about $8,000 for tips leading to the arrest of additional suspects, The New York Times said.

Drug counterfeiting has become increasingly sophisticated and tougher for authorities to detect, the Times said. Many are sold directly to consumers on the Internet.

However Chinese authorities said they seized about $182 million worth of fakes in their latest operation, including drugs labeled for the treatment of diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.

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