China bans production and sale of clenbuterol
China has banned the production, sale and use of clenbuterol tablets, a medicine used to treat bronchial asthma that has also been illegally used by farmers to make their pigs leaner.
The decision was made after an overall consideration of the risks of drug abuse and the drug's clinical value and safety risks, the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) said.
Existing clenbuterol tablets will be destroyed under the supervision of local food and drug authorities.
Compound clenbuterol, as well as aerosol and powdered forms of the drug, do not fall under the ban, as they are considered safe to use as prescription drugs under a doctor's guidance, according to the SFDA.
The ban will not affect bronchial asthma patients who are currently receiving the tablet form of the drug, as they can replace the drug with other medicines such as salbutamol and terbutaline, the SFDA said.
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