FDA recalls asthma drug
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday ordered the recall of a batch of a prescription medicine used to treat severe asthma, because of a potential quality defect. The recall of Nucala Solution for Injection is to be completed by Aug. 8, after a batch imported under lot No. FA9M was found to have been made from the same materials used to produce a batch determined to have a defect in foreign markets, said Hung Kuo-teng (洪國登), head of the agency’s Medicinal Products Division. The Nucala Solution for Injection in Pre-filled Pen 100mg/mL was first sold in Taiwan at the end of last year, he said, adding that only one had been sold locally. It is produced by UK drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline as a supporting therapy for people aged 12 or older with severe refractory eosinophilic asthma. Eosinophilic asthma is a type of severe asthma marked by high levels of white blood cells, called eosinophils. In foreign markets, a fiber has been found in the syringe wall of the product, which has been identified as a quality defect, Hung said.
Two quakes rattle Hualien
Two earthquakes early yesterday morning rocked Hualien County within four minutes of each other, the Central Weather Bureau said, adding that no immediate damage or injuries were reported. A magnitude 3.9 temblor shook the area at 2:40am, centered 6.9km southwest of Hualien County Hall, at a depth of 8.6km, the Seismology Center said. The earthquake’s intensity, which gauges its actual effect, was highest in Hualien City, where it measured 4 on Taiwan’s 7-tier intensity scale, the center said. A magnitude 3 earthquake followed at 2:44am, and was centered 8.4km southwest of Hualien County Hall, at a depth of 10.5km, it said. On Wednesday last week, about 30 earthquakes hit Hualien between 6:52am and 11:59am, ranging from magnitude 2.9 to 5.2. Center Director Chen Kuo-chang (陳國昌) said at the time that it was not unusual for these quakes to take place in the county, but it was not common to see so many quakes hitting one location and its nearby area in such a short time. He also predicted that more aftershocks would follow within one week.
‘Detention’ heads to Japan
The Taiwanese psychological horror film Detention (返校), which was adapted from a horror video game of the same name, is to hit Japanese movie theaters next week. The 2019 film was a box office success domestically, grossing nearly NT$260 million (US$9.27 million) at the box office against a budget of about NT$95 million, Taiwan Film Institute box office statistics showed. The movie, directed by John Hsu (徐漢強), is set in the 1960s when Taiwan was under martial law. The film follows two high-school students who inadvertently enter a realm of vengeful spirits in an empty school, while they search for a teacher who has disappeared. Tokyo Broadcasting System aired a special about Detention on Friday. The program explored how the film became a hit among young Taiwanese. In a Facebook post on Sunday, Representative to Japan Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) wrote that he recently saw another program about Detention on NHK television, but said he had not seen the movie himself. The program discussed how the plot is set during Taiwan’s White Terror era, and reminds young viewers not to take freedom for granted, Hsieh wrote. Detention is to premiere on Friday next week, the Web site of Japanese theater chain TOHO Cinemas says.
A video allegedly featuring retired general Kao An-kuo (高安國) calling on Taiwanese military officers to surrender to China and overthrow the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government has sparked outrage and calls for him to be charged with treason. The video, titled “A message to Taiwanese military officers,” allegedly shows Kao saying: “I call on commanding officers of our military troops to stand up for Chinese nationalism, to take up this duty under heaven’s mandate to save Taiwanese from oppression and terrible suffering.” Dressed in military fatigues and a beret, the lieutenant general called on officers to overthrow the “fraudulent DPP regime,”
‘NOT IMPOSSIBLE’: Acceptance to the UN would end the nation’s troubles, but it would be impossible to achieve without US backing, Legislative Speaker You Si-kun said The US might recognize Taiwan if war breaks out in the Taiwan Strait, Legislative Speaker You Si-kun (游錫堃) said yesterday while discussing politics with former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁). Speaking on Chen’s program on Smile Radio, You reminisced about his agrarian childhood, studies, the founding of the Democratic Progressive Party in 1986 and his eight years as Yilan County commissioner. Chen’s appointment of You as premier in February 2002 marked several firsts, as he was Taiwan’s youngest premier, as well as the first from a farming background and first democratically elected county leader to hold the office. Asked to share his views on
ONLY EXCEPTIONS: The mayors of the two largest cities voiced concerns over hidden cases, while all other local governments are to follow eased CECC guidelines All local governments, with the exception of Taipei and New Taipei City, are to allow dine-in services at restaurants after the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday announced that it would on Tuesday lower a nationwide COVID-19 alert to level 2. The center on July 8 allowed the resumption of dining at restaurants nationwide — despite keeping the alert level at 3. At the time, this prompted all cities and counties, except Penghu Country, to keep local dine-in bans in place. Following Friday’s CECC announcement that COVID-19 prevention measures would be further relaxed, the Taipei and New Taipei City governments
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday rejected the claim Beijing has been making about Taiwan’s status, while thanking US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman for raising concerns about Taiwan during her meeting with Chinese officials. Sherman met with Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi (王毅) on a visit to Tianjin on Sunday and Monday, with Wang urging Washington not to infringe on China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Taiwan is part of China, a fundamental fact that would never change, and China has the right to take any action needed to restrain Taiwanese independence, Wang said, urging Washington to abide