Families of victims who died from the rabies vaccine will be given 650,000 yuan
Changchun Changsheng Biotech Co in Jilin province was forced to pay about 9.1 billion yuan (USD1.3 billion) in penalties on 16 October after the drugmaker was involved in a human rabies vaccine safety scandal in July, the State Drug Administration said.
A compensation plan for victims was also unveiled. Families of those who died due to the problematic vaccine will receive an one-off compensation of 650,000 yuan for each victim, and victims who became severely disabled or paralysed will get 500,000 yuan. The compensation will be 200,000 yuan for those mildly disabled, according to the plan.
The company, based in Changchun, Jilin, is a major vaccine producer and has been entangled in controversy since 15 July, when the State Drug Administration announced it found the company to be engaged in falsifying production and inspection records in the making of rabies vaccines.
Changsheng's illegal activities included using expired vaccine raw materials, altering production dates, forging permits and destroying evidence during inspections, the statement said.
The State Drug Administration annulled the rabies vaccine approval document and certificates for related products from the company and imposed a fine of 12.03 million yuan.
The Jilin Food and Drug Administration revoked the company's pharmaceutical production license, confiscated illegally produced vaccines and total income of 1.89 billion yuan from defective vaccine sales, and imposed a fine of 7.21 billion yuan, which was three times the value of the drugs it illegally produced and sold.
The total amount fined or confiscated stood at 9.1 billion yuan.
Source: China Daily
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