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11,000 fake rabies shots missing

Almost 11,000 fake rabies vaccines brought into the eastern Shandong Province have yet to be found, some 10 days after the case was busted, Qilu Evening News reported yesterday.

According to the Ministry of Public Security, the suspect bought 12,000 fake rabies vaccines in the central Henan Province, and since 2009 has sold 10,800 in Shandong.

The fake shots are made from distilled water and vitamin K1.

Police say the suspect, surnamed Liu, bought vaccines at 0.8 yuan (13 US cents) each and resold them for 1 yuan to vendors in Shandong. In turn, they sold them to patients for 26 yuan each.

Health and drug authorities in Shandong Province started an investigation earlier this month after the suspect was held.

However, they don’t know where the fake rabies vaccines have gone.

Insiders warned they could flood the market as vaccination units are allowed to buy stocks independently.

This increases the risk of buying fake vaccines, compared to unified provincial-level purchases in the past.

As inspectors didn’t find fake rabies vaccines in legal vaccine trade companies, there is speculation that they were bought by unlicensed vaccination units or licensed vaccination units that didn’t check certification, said Zhang Jun, who works in the industry in Jinan, capital of Shandong.

There have been fake rabies vaccine cases across the country since 2005.

In 2009, a five-year-old boy in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region died 21 days after he was injected with a rabies vaccine which was later discovered to have been a fake.


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