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HEALTH

FDA recalls asthma drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday ordered a recall of a batch of a prescription drug used to treat severe asthma, due to a potential quality defect. The recall of Nucala Solution for Injection is due to be completed by August 8, after a batch imported as batch # FA9M is found to have been made from the same materials used to produce a batch with a default in overseas markets, said Hung Kuo-teng (æ´ª 國 ç™»), head of the agency’s drugs division. Nucala 100 mg / mL pre-filled pen solution for injection was first sold in Taiwan at the end of last year, he said, adding that only one had been sold locally. It is produced by the British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline as a supportive therapy for people aged 12 years or older with severe refractory eosinophilic asthma. Eosinophilic asthma is a type of severe asthma characterized by high levels of white blood cells called eosinophils. In overseas markets, a fiber was found in the syringe wall of the product, which was identified as a quality defect, Hung said.

EARTHQUAKE

Two earthquakes shake Hualien

Yesterday morning, two earthquakes rocked Hualien County within four minutes of each other, the Central Weather Bureau said, adding that no immediate damage or injury had been reported. A 3.9 magnitude tremor rocked the area at 2:40 a.m., centered 6.9 km southwest of the Hualien County hotel at a depth of 8.6 km, the seismology center said. . The earthquake’s intensity, which measures its actual effect, was highest in Hualien City, where it measured 4 on Taiwan’s 7-level intensity scale, the center said. A magnitude 3 earthquake followed at 2:44 a.m. and was centered 8.4 km southwest of the Hualien County hotel at a depth of 10.5 km, he said. On Wednesday last week, about 30 earthquakes struck Hualien between 6:52 a.m. and 11:59 a.m., ranging in magnitude 2.9 to 5.2. Center director Chen Kuo-chang (陳國昌) said at the time that it was not unusual for these earthquakes to occur in the county, but it was not common to see so many tremors. of earth hit a place and its surroundings in such a short time. time. He also predicted that more aftershocks would follow within a week.

ENTERTAINMENT

The “detention” heads for Japan

Taiwanese psychological horror film Detention (返校), which was adapted from a horror video game of the same name, is due in theaters in Japan next week. The 2019 film was a box office success nationwide, grossing nearly NT $ 260 million (US $ 9.27 million) at the box office against a budget of around NT $ 95 million, according to Taiwan Film Institute box office statistics. The film, directed by John Hsu (徐漢強), is set in the 1960s when Taiwan was under martial law. The film follows two high school students who inadvertently enter a kingdom of vengeful spirits in an empty school, as they search for a missing teacher. Tokyo Broadcasting System broadcast a special on Detention Friday. The program explored how the film became a hit among young Taiwanese. In a Facebook post on Sunday, Japan Representative Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) wrote that he had recently seen another program on Detention on NHK TV, but said he had not seen the film himself. The show explained how the plot unfolds during the White Terror era in Taiwan and reminds young viewers not to take freedom for granted, Hsieh wrote. Detention is set to premiere on Friday next week, according to the website of Japanese film chain TOHO Cinemas.

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