China recalled a haemorrhoid medicine on Wednesday after it was linked to liver problems, state media said, in the latest safety incident to tarnish the country's food and drug sector. The State Food and Drug Administration ordered the producer of Zhixue capsules to cease production and begin a nationwide recall, Xinhua news agency reported. The recall came after 21 people around the country developed liver problems after taking the drug in recent months, it reported. Another 14 people reported various other adverse reactions. The medication is made by Vital Pharmaceutical Holdings Ltd, based in the southwestern province of Sichuan. Bans and recalls of Chinese food and drug products are common due to widespread safety problems in the chaotic and under-regulated industry. Four children died and 53,000 were made ill in China after drinking milk or milk products laced with the industrial chemical melamine, in a scandal that emerged in September and has rocked China's dairy industry. The melamine was added to give the appearance of a higher protein content. Last month, some brands of eggs were pulled off shelves nationwide after melamine was detected in Chinese-produced eggs sold in Hong Kong. The melamine was believed to have been added to chicken feed given to the egg-producing hens.Source: AFPSK << Study Explains Why Some Women Develop Resistance To Tamoxif... Chronic Pain Sufferers More Likely To Contemplate Suicide: ... >> Recommended Reading Merck to Recall One Million Doses of Meningitis Vaccine Drug giants Merck are recalling a million doses of a vaccine meant to fight meningitis and pneumonia following detection of sterilization problems at a production centre in US. READ MORE Australia Recalls Anti-inflammatory Drug Prexige After Two Deaths Australia's drugs watchdog said Saturday it had ordered the recall of the anti-inflammatory medication Prexige after it was linked to two deaths. READ MORE South Africa Recalls 20 Million Condoms After Safety Scandal The South African government issued a recall notice on Monday for 20 million condoms after a scandal which saw safety certificates allegedly issued for defective contraceptives. READ MORE Current Treatments for Liver Cancer Current Treatments for Liver Cancer (also known as hepatoma or hepatocellular carcinoma) can result in complete cure of the disease if it is detected early. READ MORE Drug Toxicity Drug toxicity is an adverse reaction of the body towards a drug that results as a side effect of a drug, reaction to a drug or drug abuse. READ MORE Fatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in India Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the leading cause of liver dysfunction worldwide and is a rapidly growing health problem in India. READ MORE Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is the most benign of the hepatitis viruses and usually has no long term side effects. Hepatitis A vaccine is available that is 95% effective in preventing the disease. READ MORE Living Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks? The risk of dying as a result of a living donor liver segment removal is between 0.2-2.0%. The risk of morbidity is anywhere between 1.3% (in highly experienced centers) to 60%. READ MORE Milk Thistle Milk Thistle is a resourceful natural plant which has many medicinal benefits. In herbal medication milk thistle is used in cases of liver diseases. READ MORE Wilson's Disease This is a rare inherited systemic disorder of copper metabolism, affecting the liver mainly before other organs. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) Hearing Loss Calculator Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects More News on: Drug ToxicityHepatitis APilesSignature Drug ToxicityLiverWilson's DiseaseMilk ThistleCurrent Treatments for Liver CancerFatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in IndiaLiving Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks?