According to a recent news report by the official China News Service, a new online study released this week shows that roughly 70 percent of Chinese households use medications improperly. The online survey found that close to 50 percent of respondents failed to understand “over-the-counter” (OTC) labels, and didn’t realize they should seek medical advice before using such products (which are widely available over the counter in China, regulations notwithstanding). A possible contributing factor not mentioned in the report is the well-documented fact that doctors in China often routinely prescribe medications (and procedures) patients don’t need in order to cash in on unnecessary procedures and arrangements with pharmaceutical companies. In this cartoon, posted by the Kunming-based studio Yuan Jiao Man’s Space (圆觉漫时空) to QQ.com, members of a Chinese nuclear family pour bottles of varicolored pills recklessly into their mouths.
About The Author
David is co-director of the China Media Project, and editor of the project’s website. He is the author of Dragons in Diamond Village (Penguin), a book of reportage about urbanisation and social activism in China, and co-editor of Investigative Journalism in China (HKU Press). His writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Wall Street Journal, Index on Censorship, the South China Morning Post and others. He received a Human Rights Press Award in 2007 for an explanatory feature about China’s Internet censorship guidelines. David is a producer of Chinese independent films through his Hong Kong production company, Lantern Films. He has a Master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Mr. Bandurski is an honorary lecturer at the Journalism & Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong.