The fugu myth

Fugu pufferfish liver is deadly poison

(partly) MYTH- “only one third of all wild fugu have enough poison to kill” (International Herald Tribune 26 Apr 08) and farmed ones are totally harmless


Why does drug approval take so long in Japan?

“Partly this is because Japanese regulators, with more than 14,000 drugs listed for government-funded medical benefits (Australia has about 600), demand more stringent proof that a new drug is not only safe, but more effective than those already on the market. But there is more than a suspicion that this is just window-dressing for a government policy designed to protect Japan’s fragmented and backward pharmaceutical industry from foreign competition” Read the rest of this entry »