Chinese Herbal Medicine Factory Shuts Down

February 16th, 2009 - 3:23 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Wusili River PharmacyA pharmaceutical factory producing herbal medicine was shut down in northeastern China when a patient died after being injected with one of its products.

The herbal medicine produced by the Wusili River Pharmacy in Heilongjiang province caused two patients to be ill after being injected by the herbal medicine.

China’s Ministry of Health ordered hospitals and even the pharmacies to suspend the use and sales of ‘Shuanghuanglian’ produced by the Wusili factory.The herbal medicine is usually used to treat fevers and coughs caused by the common cold.

Over 240 workers at the factory in Jiamusi city were put out of work due to the shutdown, it added.

Bans and recalls of drug products are common in China due to widespread safety problems in the nation’s chaotic, under-regulated and often corrupt health industry.

The former head of China’s State Food and Drug Administration, Zheng Xiaoyu, was executed in 2007 for taking bribes in exchange for product safety licences. In another recent scandal, Chinese-made herbal remedies killed at least four people in October last year.

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