Beijing (AFP) – The Chinese authorities have arrested 15 people, including the chairman of a rabies vaccine producer for fraudulent quality control in the country's most recent drug security scandal.
News that pharmaceutical manufacturer Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology has set records and has been instructed to halt the production of rabies vaccines has revived a deep consumer discomfort over product safety in the country, which has been fueled by recurring scandals over the years.
Changchun City, the city's northeastern city home, has arrested 15 people City Police announced late on Tuesday
The announcement did not disclose the chairman's full name, but it was previously identified as Gao Junfang  The affair has already become fragile Trust in regulators and raised the frustration of China's increasingly demanding consumers who took to social (19659006) The Chinese Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) said last week, the problematic rabies vaccine had the factory of Changsheng not left, but the company admitted that it had shipped a separate vaccine against subtypes.
The vaccine against diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus was rated as deficient by regulators, but the company announced that it had sold 250,000 cans to Shandong Province last year.
The problems have already rekindled deep fears about domestically-produced drugs, causing worried parents online to exchange information about getting imported vaccines.
Authorities have announced a series of investigations and vowed that heads would roll.
In a sign of great unease, President Xi Jinping – on a trip to Africa – said the actions of the vaccine company "abominable and shocking" on Monday, according to state media