Chinese premier vows crackdown in latest pharma scare

Presiden Xi Jinping,Fake vaccine,DPT vaccines

Presiden Xi Jinping,Fake vaccine,DPT vaccines

State-run Xinhua news agency reports that at least 113,000 doses of the company's rabies vaccine are affected. This comes as a mounting scandal over a rabies vaccine sent drug stocks tumbling.

Vials containing the vaccine for rabies are seen as a local market supervisory authority official conducts a check at a hospital in Rongan in China's southern Guangxi region on July 23, 2018.

The two watchdogs are reviewing information and public complaints regarding Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Ltd. and its key personnel.

Following Xi's instructions, the government of Jilin Province, which has been criticised throughout the scandal for its weak supervision, poor regulation and political inaction, vowed today to help the investigation and give the people an explanation.

On 15 July, China's State Drug Administration (SDA) announced that Changchun Changsheng had falsified production data during the production of its freeze-dried human rabies vaccine.

The scandal has sparked anger on social media and dealt a blow to China's drug regulator, which has been struggling to clean up the world's second-biggest drug industry and promote domestically made vaccines. Six of the children died.

A vaccine scandal that broke out in China last week that outraged millions of households has made parents scramble to find their children's vaccine records to check if their kids had been injected with the faulty doses.

China's Premier Li Keqiang also spoke out about the incident, announcing an investigation into China's overall vaccine production and sales process.

In the statement Sunday, Li promised to "resolutely crack down" on violations that endanger public safety.

Anxious parents trying to ascertain if their children had been administered faulty vaccines led to the topic becoming the second most watched at the weekend on the Weibo social media site, with details widely shared on the WeChat messaging app.

Changchun Changsheng Biotech, based in Jilin, is charged with having sold 252,600 vaccines to the Shandong Prevention and Control Center.

Changsheng's shares fell the maximum limit of 10 per cent on Friday, to stand at 14.5 yuan ($2.14).

Changsheng has apologised, saying that it was "guilty and embarrassed" and would co-operate with drug regulators to carry out a comprehensive internal investigation.

Those probes are in addition to an investigation by the securities regulator, which is looking at whether Changsheng violated information disclosure rules.

Authorities in Hebei announced separately on Monday that almost 150,000 people in the northern province received a sub-standard diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine made by another firm, Wuhan Institute of Biological Products.

In 2016, Chinese police busted a gang for selling around $90 million worth of illegal vaccines on the black market.

It was recently discovered that a common blood pressure and heart drug manufactured in bulk by Chinese firm Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical may have contained an impurity linked to cancer since 2012.

Another state media publication, China Daily, said in an editorial the same day transparency was needed if the public was going to be satisfied.

Li's remarks were aimed at assuaging Chinese parents who complain about worrying over fake food, milk and medicine in a society that seems to lack a "moral bottom line" - and also competent, uncorrupt regulators.

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