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Crackdown on illegal vaccine sales in China leads to 37 arrests

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1750 (Published 24 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1750
  1. Jane Parry
  1. Hong Kong

A massive illegal vaccine trading ring, operating in Shandong province, China, since 2011, has been shut down by the Chinese authorities, resulting in 37 people being detained. The official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, said that 25 different types of vaccines were procured from over 100 licensed and unlicensed pharmaceutical sales people.1

The vaccines were produced by qualified domestic and international manufacturers but were not properly refrigerated or transported, compromising their safety and efficacy. The vaccines were resold to 300 buyers in hospitals and …

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