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July 28, 2008, ChinaCSR.com – Holleypharm has signed an agreement for artemisinin with the William J. Clinton Foundation, agreeing to lower the price of a leading artemisinin-based combination therapy for malaria by 30% and reduce the price volatility of artemisinin, the key raw material for this and other ACTs, by 70%.

According to the agreement, Holleypharm will regularly supply artemisinin as raw material for other enterprises that have also signed long term agreements, to ensure that the market price of artemisinin and compound preparations is in a reasonable range.

The reduced prices will be available to the 69 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean that make up the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative purchasing consortium.

ChinaCSR.com – The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention and the Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the purpose of working together to strengthen the quality of medicines and foods in the United States and China.

Roger L. Williams, M.D., USP executive vice president and CEO, and Wu Zhen, secretary-general of ChP and deputy commissioner of China’s State Food and Drug Administration, signed the MOU at USP’s headquarters in the United States.

“USP is pleased to partner with the Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission on this Memorandum of Understanding,” said Dr. Williams. “This agreement represents our combined commitment to improving patient care and advancing the public health in the United States and China through rigorous quality standards for medicines.” The agreement is a renewal of a prior agreement that had been in place for several years.

To strengthen documentary and physical standards, the MOU says USP and ChP will develop processes to update existing monograph standards and acquire new monographs. To advance the availability of good quality pharmaceutical ingredients in China and the United States for export, USP and ChP will explore ways to develop approaches to allow review, testing and audits of manufacturers of ingredients imported into China and those manufacturing for export from China to the United States.

USP sets federally recognized standards for the quality, purity and strength of prescription and over-the-counter medications sold in the United States, as well as widely recognized standards for dietary supplements and food ingredients. ChP holds legal responsibility in China for creating and revising national medicine standards, including traditional Chinese medicines. Some TCM products may be considered both drugs in the United States and dietary supplements.

August 12, 2008, ChinaCSR.com – Food and pharmaceutical industries in Guangdong are planning to formulate the first local standards for corporate social responsibility throughout the Chinese province.

Recently the Guangdong Food and Pharmaceutical Profession Association held a conference during which chairman Zhang Junxiu said that the framework of “Guangdong Food (Pharmaceutical) Industry Social Responsibility Standard” has been adopted, and would be drafted once it has been approved by the Guangdong Provincial Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision. The standard will be based on the American SA8000, and will make some slight improvements in the areas of ethical behavior.

Currently there are no universal CSR standards in China. And some countries are setting CSR-based barriers towards food and pharmaceutical enterprises. Therefore the association has decided to establish local standards for relevant industries and enterprises to help promote exporting of their goods to nations around the globe.

Zhang also said that the standard will focus on not only employees’ interests, but the protection of traditional Chinese medicine, environmental protection, and energy conservation. The local CSR standard will first be carried out in food and pharmaceutical industries and then be expanded to other industries to urge enterprises to fulfill their own levels of CSR.

ChinaCSR.com – Organized by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and United Nations Volunteers, the United Nations system in China has launched a training program for Olympic volunteers on HIV prevention and anti-discrimination.

“Many young people do not have the right information on AIDS fuelling false fears, stigma and discrimination. This is bad in itself, but also hampers HIV prevention work,” stated UNAIDC Country Coordinator in China Bernhard Schwartlander.

The training is conducted in collaboration with the Beijing Youth League, Marie Stopes International China and Red Cross Society of China and is part of the volunteers’ preparation for service during the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games. Around 5,500 volunteers participated directly in the training in 12 different universities from June 14-15, while 100,000 volunteers will receive a basic information package on AIDS, providing a unique opportunity to reach talented Chinese youth with important knowledge and skills on HIV prevention and anti-discrimination. Among the trainers are people living with HIV who have been trained as trainers and public speakers as part of a project supported by UNAIDS and UNDP.

The training is an important contribution to the response to HIV in China as well as to the successful organization of the 2008 Olympics and Paralympics. Volunteers who have been successful in applying to serve during the Olympics are among the brightest youth in China. Many may go on to be future leaders, making them a highly relevant target audience for training in key development issues. This training event has been co-funded by UNAIDS, UNDP and UNV and is one of many planned in a partnership between UNDP, UNV and the Beijing Youth League within a project aimed at strengthening volunteerism for development in China through the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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