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

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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 »