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Eye drug was a fake, FDA says

THE drug that caused eye infections in 61 patients who received treatment at Shanghai No.1 People's Hospital earlier this month was a fake, the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration said yesterday.

The drug was not Avastin made by the global pharmaceutical giant Roche, though it was labeled as the Roche product and given a batch number of B6001B01, said the local FDA, following tests by the company and the city's drug accreditation institute.

Besides the Shanghai No.1 People's Hospital, a clinic named Rui'an was also involved in the incident. Police are looking into the case, and people involved will face criminal charges, according to local FDA.

The 61 patients were among 116 people who received the medicine September 6 and 8.

After the injections, the patients reported eye inflammation and poor vision and were quickly hospitalized. Seventeen patients with severe infections underwent surgeries.

The rest received injections to treat the infection.


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