More than 12,000 Chinese blood plasma products recalled in HIV scare

Batch of 12,000 blood plasma found contaminated with HIV in China

China is hit regularly by quality-control scandals, fuelling fear over the safety of food and medicines and anger at regulatory lapses.

Patients in Jiangxi who had used the product had also tested negative to HIV.

The batch of intravenous immunoglobulin - an immune therapy treatment made with antibodies from blood plasma - was produced by China's second-biggest medical blood products manufacturer, the state-owned Shanghai Xinxing Pharmaceutical Company.

The Shanghai Medical Products Administration said in a statement on Wednesday that the batch, identified by China's National Health Commission as number 20180610Z, was made by China Meheco Xinxing Pharma Co, a unit of state-controlled China Meheco Group Co Ltd.

In the 1990s, thousands of cash-strapped villagers in China's central Henan province contracted HIV after being persuaded to sell their blood illegally on the black market.

China has struggled in the past with the spread of HIV due mainly to infected blood transfusions, according to the BBC, but recent reports show that the number of people in the country contracting the virus in this way has dropped almost to zero. It is not clear yet whether patients have been affected by HIV. The administration sent teams to do further tests. Incidents include the falsifying of production records for rabies vaccines that prompted a nationwide crackdown on the industry and the injecting of other faulty vaccines.

The NHC said it will continue to monitor the situation and will cooperate with China's State Food and Drug Administration.

Public outrage over such scandals has alarmed the leadership of the ruling Communist Party, moving it to respond more quickly and firmly than in the past, including bringing criminal charges and billion dollar fines.

Last month, hundreds of angry parents protested against local government officials in a town in eastern China when it was revealed that more than 100 children had received expired polio vaccines.

This week's particular scandal recalls a massive HIV outbreak caused by lax sanitation procedures for plasma donations and transfusions.

"The root of AIDS in China was the plasma market", Gao Yaojie, a doctor who helped uncover the cause of the epidemic, told the New York Times in a 2016 interview. "Yet the people responsible for it have never been brought to account, nor have they uttered a single word of apology".

Related News:

  • India's central bank rate cut is likely to please Modi

    India's central bank rate cut is likely to please Modi

    Though the central bank has reduced its lending rate to commercial banks, transmission of policy rates has always been a concern. The BoE's wage forecasts were little changed with earnings rising by more than 3 percent a year over the next three years.
    Sixers trading Fultz to the Magic

    Sixers trading Fultz to the Magic

    The Sixers traded that same pick to the Magic in the 2017 draft, so that the Sixers could draft Anzejs Pasecniks . Boston therefore will receive the Sacramento Kings' 2019 first-round pick (No. 1 protected).
    Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo shut down Nets 113-94

    Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo shut down Nets 113-94

    On Monday night, former President Bill Clinton watched the Milwaukee Bucks dispatch the Brooklyn Nets 113-94 at Barclays Center. He's eighth in the National Basketball Association averaging 26.4 points per game.
  • Lonzo Ball Better Than LeBron James? LaVar Ball Says, Yes, Absolutely

    Lonzo Ball Better Than LeBron James? LaVar Ball Says, Yes, Absolutely

    It's nearly like he's doing everything to get his kid off the Lakers, which is just beyond stupid. If you trade my son, it'll be the worst thing you ever did.
    Phillies get top catcher Realmuto from Marlins for 3 players

    Phillies get top catcher Realmuto from Marlins for 3 players

    Sanchez, a Dominican with a 100-mph fastball and excellent command, has a 2.48 ERA in 48 minor league games over four seasons. He signed with the Phillies as an worldwide free agent out of his native Dominican Republic back in February 2015.
    Frank Robinson, Former San Francisco Giants Manager, Dies At 83

    Frank Robinson, Former San Francisco Giants Manager, Dies At 83

    His 1961 Reds team lost the Series to the Yankees in five games while his 1969 Orioles lost that World Series to the Miracle Mets. In return, Cincinnati received pitcher Milt Pappas and two other players - none of whom came close to the stature of Robinson.
  • Johnson, Flanagan lead Vic Open in LPGA-European Tour event

    Johnson, Flanagan lead Vic Open in LPGA-European Tour event

    Next week the Women's Australian Open, also sanctioned by the LPGA, will be played at The Grange in Adelaide, South Australia. The $1.5 million women's tournament runs concurrently with the men's Vic Open on the 36-hole 13th Beach layout.
    Russian official: Another nuclear pact with USA  in trouble

    Russian official: Another nuclear pact with USA in trouble

    The United States has repeatedly accused Russian Federation of violating the INF - something Russian Federation has repeatedly denied.
    More freezing rain heading to North Bay area

    More freezing rain heading to North Bay area

    The winds are expected to gust to 80 - 90 km/h, and will arrive with a cold front and falling temperatures. The freezing rain will be an issue through the morning drive until about 9 a.m.
  • India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I Dream 11 prediction

    India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I Dream 11 prediction

    All-rounder Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson and Ish Sodhi are the other key Zealanders to who may impress with their skills. In the middle-order Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya are capable of scoring big.
    Corbyn faces Labour backlash over Brexit offer to May

    Corbyn faces Labour backlash over Brexit offer to May

    Starmer said the letter "sets out in robust terms that the prime minister must abandon her Brexit red lines". They voted to demand May seek changes to the treaty. "Our position on the backstop has not changed".
    Raptors to acquire Marc Gasol, send Jonas Valanciunas to Grizzlies

    Raptors to acquire Marc Gasol, send Jonas Valanciunas to Grizzlies

    These two players are not the only Raptors who have received recognition as a former Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner. His shooting woes had become a hot topic among fans of the Raptors , who have struggled with the deep ball in recent weeks.


Most liked

Apple releases update to prevent FaceTime spying
Apple turned off the group chat feature last week, several days after a 14-year-old boy in Tucson, Arizona, discovered the flaw. The update applies to the iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later and the 6th generation iPod touch.

Kangana Ranaut: Bollywood is ganging up against me
She said that she's been calling certain people out on "nepotism" and "sexism" and 'pay parity" but she hound them henceforth. The actor, who is now promoting her upcoming film Gully Boy with Ranveer Singh , said she has always admired Kangana.

Will 2019 see an interest rate cut? Employment data holds the key
The dollar index, tracking the unit against six major currencies, rose 0.2 percent, with the euro down 0.3 percent to $1.1378. Japanese demand for foreign bonds has been another reason for the strength in dollar/yen.

Thai Princess Ubolratana officially nominated as PM candidate
But the couple eventually divorced and she moved back to Thailand where she is still considered part of the royal family. Has been in exile since 2008 to avoid serving jail time on a corruption conviction he insists was politically motivated.

Sarfraz to Captain Pakistan in Cricket World Cup Despite Latest Controversy
Ahmed will compete in March's Pakistan Super League , which will also feature former Proteas captain AB de Villiers. He has scored 1,942 runs at just under 33 and has dismissed 121 batsmen behind the wickets.

NBA All-Star Game Draft
Antetokounpo responded, " Isn't that tampering? ". "So, the Golden State boys are off the board", James said . Trade rumors about Davis joining LeBron James in Los Angeles circulated right up until the deadline.

Police seize $1.29 billion of ice bound for Australia
Four people were taken into custody in Victoria on Thursday, including two American nationals who are husband and wife. It is alleged they were involved with the US-based crime syndicate under investigation over the shipment.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says Enquirer threatened to publish revealing pics
In response, he hired consultant Gavin de Becker to figure out how they obtained those text messages. Pecker" and included copies of emails from AMI.

LeBron James says he likes ‘the man’ that Kyrie Irving is becoming
Damian Lillard yelling "Rip City" into the mic after a buzzer-beating playoff victory over the Houston Rockets in 2014 is iconic. The Trail Blazers will also be celebrating the team's 50th year anniversary in 2020.

Trace McSorley Among Seven Penn State Players Invited To NFL Combine
Murray, the 2018 Heisman Trophy Award victor , was selected with the ninth overall pick in the MLB Draft last June by the Oakland Athletics organization.

Gay, Langley in 1st place; Mickelson trails in 3rd
Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell is four under after bogeying the final hole at Pebble Beach. Day, Johnson and Spieth are all part of the world number one club.

Darren Weir Handed Four Year Ban By Racing Board
Weir had offered no expression of remorse, and had not given an explanation why that was the case, Mr Gleeson said. Weir's Warrnambool-based stable foreman Jarrod McLean did not appear at the hearing on Wednesday.

NBA Giannis Antetokounmpo May Draft Stephen Curry With 1st All-Star Pick 1
Golden State Warriors star Curry made Antetokounmpo his first pick in the annual showpiece previous year . Giannis Antetokounmpo might not be able to pass up a shot to play with Steph Curry.

Huge flames ignite after a gas explosion in San Francisco
Hayes-White said several buildings in the area were evacuated, including a medical clinic and several apartment buildings. California regulators also fined PG&E US$1.6 billion, and the utility remains under a federal judge's watch in that case.

Wayne Rooney sends message to Man United about Mauricio Pochettino
He got the players backing him straight away. "We will challenge for the title next season if we carry on how we are now". And the midfielder feels United's good form can be the catalyst to a return to the top of the league.