China blocks websites for false advertising

Written by Agencies | Beijing, March 29: | Updated: Mar 29 2008, 20:38pm hrs
China has blocked 23 websites for false advertising of drug-based products and selling drugs illegally as part of a sustained campaign against such ads.

The sites either sold counterfeit drugs or publicized false, exaggerated or misleading information regarding cures for various ailments, the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) said.

Most websites disguised under the names of hospitals or medical institutions were transferred to the erstwhile Ministry of Information Industry for punishment, Xinhua news agency said quoting SFDA.

China had ordered closure of 51 websites earlier this year for carrying illegal drug advertisements.

SFDA approves drug advertisements, while the State Administration for Industry and Commerce is responsible for punishing the violators.