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Sciences, a vaccine producer in Changchun, Jilin province, faked production records and used expired material for the production of rabies vaccines over the past four years.
The company was ordered to suspend production, and senior executives
were detained and face criminal charges. The company was ordered to pay fines of 9.1 bi
llion yuan ($1.3 billion) for violations, one of the heaviest fines imposed on a pharmaceutical company over the past few years.
Following the revelations, top officials vowed harsh penalties and reform of the vaccine super
vision system to eliminate loopholes. A new law on the management of vaccines was drafted for review.
Fang Laiying, former head of the Beijing Municipal Health Commission, said he has faith in the overall safety of drugs in Chi
na, but individual cases involving violations of the law can tarnish the image of the whole pharmaceutical sector.
“The government is intensifying its efforts in cases involving violations of drug safety laws, including severely puni
shing criminals and setting up strict accountability systems to improve supervision of the sector,” he said.
Gao, the CDC head, said major infectious diseases such as dengue fever and AIDS will continue to be the priority in disease prevention and control this year.