Wholesalers banned from selling vaccines
China has banned drug wholesalers from selling vaccines after a scandal in which millions of dollars’ worth of improperly stored vaccines were sold to patients nationwide.
The new regulation, which took effect on April 23, requires B-class vaccines to be distributed in the same way as A-class ones, which are covered by the national compulsory immunization program. B-class vaccines must be obtained by county-level disease control institutions directly from manufacturers and dispatched to hospitals, all under the organization of provincial-level disease control organs, according to the decision.
All agencies handling vaccines must report vaccines without a clear source or recognizable packaging to drug authorities. These vaccines will be destroyed under the joint watch of drug and health authorities.