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The State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) of China has set new rules (translated via Google) effective January 1, 2013 that would mete out more severe punishment to medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers for certain violations.

The SFDA notice lists several violations that warrant more aggressive enforcement of China’s Administrative Punishment Law applied to drugs and medical equipment, while at the same time granting local and regional officials more discretion in determining penalties for violators.

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