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[creative-radio] TIWAN: Illegal radio stations causing more dialysis patients


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Illegal radio stations causing more dialysis patients

December 27, 2009

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Wu Den-yih ( ) has vowed to ban all underground
radio stations in Taiwan and said that underground organizations that
illegally sell drugs have brought more and more dialysis patients.

Radio stations without licenses make use of vacant frequency channels and
many of them advertise drugs, health supplements and medical equipment, Wu
said. Such acts are against the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law, and operators
will face fines from NT$200,000 to up to NT$5 million, he added.

Wu cited an example when he inspected a mountainous area in Nantou County
and saw a group of farmers listening to the radio while working. The farmers
were listening to the programs that sold medications, Wu said.

According to Wu, the farmers received the portable radios from underground
radio stations and the gadgets were programmed to certain stations that sold
medicine. The premier cited an anonymous survey that indicated the numbers
showed a direct ratio between underground stations, buyers of illegal
medication and dialysis patients.

Government Information Office Minister Su Jun-pin ( ) said he was also
surprised at the availability of illegal medications.

In Yunlin County alone, more than 200 cases involving promoting medications
and medical equipment on television stations and underground radio stations
were reported this year. Some 110 organizations were fined according to the
Pharmaceutical Affairs Law; the county's health department only received
petty fractions of the fine of more than NT$190 million.

One underground radio announcer has been fined nearly 50 times, totaling
NT$10 million, but has not paid any of it, said the United Daily.

National Communication Commission spokesperson Chen Jeng-chang ( ) revealed
that the office has been striving to weed out all the illegal radio
stations. The number of illegal radio stations in Taiwan has dropped to 100
from nearly 200, Chen said.

The NCC plans to issue licenses for the vacant channels to legal applicants
in order to push out the underground operators, Chen said, adding that the
act requires further law amendment. The office urged the Cabinet to speed up
the process.

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