New Zealand Sues Distributors of Illegally Imported China Abortion Drugs

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 6, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 6, 2006

Auckland, New Zealand ( — New Zealand officials have filed a lawsuit against the distributors of an illegally imported abortion drug made by a Chinese company.

Director General of Health Karen Poutasi also issued a warning to women to avoid taking the abortion and morning after pills that distributors have obtained and disseminated. She said the drugs, which could be tainted, could present dangerous health problems for women.

Poutasi warned that women who have used the illegally distributed drugs should see a doctor immediately.

The drugs are labeled in Chinese and apparently made in China and some of them have been seized by police and customers officials as they entered the country. Officials have been cracking down on the illegal imports for some time and think their campaign is beginning to make progress.

Health Ministry spokesman Derek Fitzgerald indicated officials have confiscated two morning after pills and three abortion pills.

He told the New Zealand Herald newspaper that the drugs were all obtained at Auckland International Airport in February by covert officials. He indicated hundreds of the morning after drugs and abortion pills have been distributed.

The names of the people distributing the drugs were not released and they are due in court next month to face the charges. They including distributing drugs which have not been approved by New Zealand officials and distributing prescription only medicines without a prescription.

The drugs were sold to Chinese residents living in New Zealand and officials have found ads on a Chinese-language web site run by New Zealand residents.

One doctor has already treated two Chinese women who have suffered from complications after using the illegally imported drugs.

"There is a serious complication where you have incomplete abortion and you end up with persistent bleeding, severe infection," Daniel Wu said.