Tuesday 19, Jun 2012
According to a statement that was posted on the State Food and Drug Administration’s (SFDA) website, the production, sale, and use of clenbuterol hydrochloride tablets has been banned by China.
The Clenbuterol tablets are primarily used for treating patients with bronchial asthma and have often been used illegally by farmers in China to make their pigs leaner.
According to the statement, the tablets’ risks, including side effects and potential for abuse, outweigh its benefits. If abused for a lengthy period, clenbuterol tablets can have serious negative effects on cardiopulmonary functions, the SFDA said, citing the results of a review program that has been underway since 2009.
Existing clenbuterol tablets will be destroyed under the supervision of local food and drug authorities.
The ban, however, will not affect patients with bronchial asthma who are currently receiving the tablet form of clenbuterol.
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