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Law to ensure domestic supply of blood products enacted.

TOKYO, July 25 Kyodo

A bill to require the state to ensure supplies of blood products from within Japan was enacted Thursday following approval by the House of Representatives.

The law stipulates that blood products should be based on blood donated within Japan and the government must implement comprehensive policies to ensure a stable supply of safe blood products.

It also gives the government authority to urge manufacturers of blood products to respect its basic stance about blood supply and its supply-demand plans. Doctors are also requested under the law to ''adequately use'' blood products.

The bill was proposed following numerous incidents in which people have been infected by HIV-tainted blood products. Japan at present mainly depends on imported blood products which are used for hemophilia, cirrhosis and other illnesses.

The new law will take effect within one year after its promulgation, government officials said.

The lower house also approved a revision bill for the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law, which aims mainly to tighten state control of medicines produced from animal cells, including blood products, in a bid to prevent infection from unknown viruses.

The revised law requires drugmakers to ensure their drug safety assessment system by collecting information about any adverse effects of their products.

It also obliges doctors to inform the government of a drug's adverse effects.
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Date:Jul 29, 2002
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