Former Regulatory Official Jailed for Corruption

By Song Shiqing

(Beijing) — A former official from the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) was sent to prison on Tuesday for taking bribes from vaccine manufacturers who wanted help obtaining regulatory approvals for products, including those for treating severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and bird flu.

Yin Hongzhang, the former deputy director of the biological products division under the regulator’s drug registration department, was sentenced to 10 years and fined 500,000 yuan ($71,900) by the Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court for abusing his position.

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