Whole­salers banned from sell­ing vac­cines

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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