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Russia: Total Ban on Tobacco Advertisement

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 10, 2007, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted the Resolution on Joining the Framework Convention of the World Health Organization on the Fight Against Tobacco and issued a resolution recommending that the State Duma (legislature) pass all necessary implementing laws. The Convention requires the introduction of a total ban […]

Brazil: Proposal to Require Chaperones for Medical, Dental Exams

(Jan. 2, 2008) In an effort to obviate sexual abuse, the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is analyzing a proposed law that makes mandatory the presence of a female assistant during the performance of medical and dental procedures on women, adolescents, and children. According to the author of the proposed law, Deputy Natalino, […]

South Korea: First Asbestosis Compensation Case

(Jan. 2, 2008) The Daegu District Court ordered an asbestos cloth making company to pay 160 million won in compensation to the bereaved family of a former worker on December 4, 2007. This was the first court ruling in Korea for compensation for asbestosis. The court acknowledged the company's negligence in providing worker safety. The […]

Nigeria: Drug Company Officials Face Contempt of Court Charges

(Jan. 2, 2008) It was reported on December 25, 2007, that a judge in the Nigerian state of Kano ordered the arrest of high executives of the subsidiary in Nigeria of the United States drug company, Pfizer Inc., for failing to make a court appearance. The court ordered the arrest of the head of Pfizer […]

Cuba: Cuba to Market and Distribute a new Vaccine to Foreign Countries

(Dec. 2, 2007) Various products of Cuban biotechnology, among these the newly created pentavalent vaccine "Heberpenta," will be at the disposal of commercial associates of Heber Biotec S.A. between 2008 and 2010. Heber Biotec S.A., which is certified by Norm ISO 9001:2000, is the exclusive representative and commercial corporation [comercializadora] of the Centro de Ingeniería […]

China: Rural Healthcare Guidelines

(Nov. 2, 2007) On September 10, 2007, China's Ministries of Health and Finance and the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine jointly issued new guidelines on the management of the rural cooperatives' medical program, which was inaugurated in 2002. Under the existing scheme, the central and local governments contribute 40 yuan to an insurance fund […]

Japan: 10 Years Since Organ Transplant Law?s Effective Date

(Nov. 2, 2007) Under Japan's Law Concerning Organ Transplant (Law No.104 of 1997), the donation of organs is permitted from a dead or brain-dead donor. The criteria for establishing brain death are set by the Health Ministry Ordinance. Electroencephalography (brain wave) test results must be examined. There are other, additional strict regulations. Transplants are allowed […]