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TCM injections factory closed

A FACTORY making traditional Chinese medicine in northeast China has been shut down as part of an investigation into the death of a patient injected with one of its products.

Two patients who also received the injections are in a critical condition.

Three others who received a similar injection are suffering "normal adverse reactions."

Wang Shugui, chairman and general manager of Wusuli River Pharmacy, said his company's factory was shut down last Thursday.

Wang said: "We are going all out to cooperate with experts who are in the Jiamusi factory doing inspections."

The food and drug administration in Jiamusi City, Heilongjiang Province, has ordered a recall of the drug.

An initial investigation determined that the factory's shuanghuanglian was to blame for the adverse effects and the fatality.

More than 400,000 injections had been sold in Qinghai, Hebei, Heilongjiang and Shandong provinces.

The Ministry of Health and the State Food and Drug Administration said last week that the herbal injection made at the Jiamusi factory had caused the adverse effects and the death in northwest China's Qinghai Province.

They ordered hospitals and chemists to suspend the use and sales of the injection produced by the Jiamusi factory.

The patients, all from Datong county of Qinghai, developed fevers and breathing difficulties.

A 62-year-old woman, who has not been named, died last Tuesday. The other two victims are in a critical condition.

Three patients in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province became the latest victims after being injected with the drug. They developed "normal adverse reactions," said Li Jun, a spokesman for the Heilongjiang Provincial Food and Drug Administration. Their symptoms were not life threatening, Li said.

Li wouldn't reveal the identities of the patients, the drug's producer or the dates of the injections.

Normal adverse reactions include a rash, difficulty breathing, localized pain, or shock.

Shuanghuanglian injections are used to treat fevers and coughs caused by colds.


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