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Toxic Rabies Shots in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 4, 2010


“A biotech company in east China’s Jiangsu province has denied a report that the rabies vaccines it produced in 2008 were mixed with an additive, which was said to have affected more than one million people nationwide.

The substance was said to be able to help the vaccines meet inspection standards at a lower cost but compromised the drug’s potency according to the Hunan-based Xiaoxiang Morning Post, citing the findings of a joint investigation by the State Food and Drug Administration and its Jiangsu bureau.

However, the spokeswoman for the administration, Yan Jiangying, said they never released such a result. She said the investigation has not come to an end and refused to give any further information.

Last December, the Jiangsu Ealong Biotech Company was ordered to stop production and sales of rabies vaccines by the administration, after a total of 179,952 samples of the drug were found to have quality problems.

Simcere Drug Company, the parent company of Jiangsu Ealong, refuted the “additive” report, saying it was “completely groundless”.

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