China’s #2 SFDA Official Receives Death Sentence

Weeks ago, Zheng Xiaoyu, China's top official at SFDA, the nation's FDA equivalent, was sentenced to death for accepting bribes to accelerate the approval of new drugs and other charges.  Today, China passed a similar judgement on his assistant. For more, read this brief from Washington Post. More evidence that China "means business" re: enforcement, but perhaps a bit hypocritical, especially since there aren't many stiff deterrents for individual drug counterfeiters?  Observers quoted in some articles say it is likely that both officials will instead receive "life imprisonment" sentences. -AMS