Chinese police have arrested 15 members of a gang who allegedly
made and sold dozens of types of fake drugs in northeastern Heilongjiang Province.
The drugs were counterfeits of 67 types of pharmaceuticals
produced by 53 companies, including vaccines against rabies and
blood protein used to treat patients during surgery, the provincial
Public Security Department announced on Friday.
Police seized 10,000 doses of rabies vaccine, 20,250 bottles of
an injection used to treat cardiovascular disease and 211 bottles
of blood protein, it said.
The gang allegedly either bought fake drugs from outside
Heilongjiang and packaged them, or processed them using materials
such as distilled water and starch, in Harbin, the provincial
The fake drugs were mainly sold in Heilongjiang and some were
sold to other provinces, the department said.
The Heilongjiang food and drug inspection bureau has issued an
emergency notice to local drug authorities to search for and
confiscate the fake drugs, it added.
Police are still investigating the case.
(Xinhua News Agency July 28, 2007)