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Batch of DPT vaccines in China found substandard

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Investigation by Chinese officials into recent vaccine revealed that a batch of DPT was substandard.

DPT refers to a combination of for three -- diphtheria, and -- which are given to children.

also exports DPT

The batch of DPT vaccines, produced in July 2016 by Wuhan Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd, was proved substandard due to a short-term equipment failure, which resulted in improper distribution of active constituent in the vaccines, state-run agency quoted the findings of an investigation by officials into the recent vaccine

The official findings showed the company failed to take into account the malfunction and make targeted tests on the quality of its products during internal inspections.

The scare over the faulty raised serious concerns in

Subsequent reports of vaccines have also created panic among public.

Authorities have launched a nationwide campaign to provide medical consultation and free inoculation of vaccines.

vaccines made by the Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Company, the second largest in China, found to have violated national standards including usage of expired fluids and falsified production dates.

The vaccines were also widely exported including to

The of India, early this month, ordered an immediate withdrawal of from the market and have also banned its imports from a Chinese manufacturer that allegedly fabricated records.

The defective were not chosen in the random test of the National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) before being permitted to enter the market.

The NIFDC found in later tests last year that the effectiveness of the vaccine against did not meet national standards, the report said.

The results of the findings of a probe into a previous investigation of substandard produced by was released yesterday.

"The SDA (State Drug Administration) and related government agencies will demand the rectification of the wrongdoings, hold accountable involved company and supervisory departments, conduct re-for children affected, and release results to the public in a timely manner," the inspectors said.

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First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 17:10 IST