GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1) — China’s drug watchdog has clarified the over 12,000 bottles of blood plasma treatments suspected to be contaminated with HIV are cleared of the virus.
The National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) confirmed Feb. 6 the samples of intravenous immunoglobulin that the agency examined were free of HIV and hepatitis B and C.
The batch of the units was produced by state-owned Shanghai Xinxing Pharmaceutical Company.
The announcement comes a day after the country’s National Health Commission ordered medical institutions to stop the use of the antibodies after a provincial health center allegedly detected HIV traces in the batch.
The intravenous immunoglobulin is used to treat immune disorders such as leukemia and rabies.
Chinese people meanwhile have a growing mistrust on the country’s health system as a series of medical scandals hit the country — including the recent faulty rabies and expired polio vaccines — which affected thousands of toddlers.