Exemplary punishment must for makers of faulty drugs

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/7/24 20:18:40

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Vaccine anxiety has been spreading across China after Changsheng Biotechnology Co. was found to have violated standards in making rabies vaccine. The scandal immediately took social media by storm with previous cases of vaccine scandals that claimed lives or caused harm going viral, highlighting the difficulties China faces in rebuilding public trust in food and drug safety. The Global Times collected two opinions on the incident.

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Although Changsheng immediately recalled the entire vaccine stock and said that no one contracted rabies or was harmed after receiving the vaccine, the scandal has triggered widespread concern about drug safety in China, and is sending ripples across society.

Fraud is the No.1 enemy of customers. The jousting between authorities and counterfeiters will never end, and the government should spare no effort in protecting customers' rights and prevent such scandals from repeating.

The pharmaceutical industry is about the safety of life and must be treated with utmost care. Authorities must invest abundant resources and carry out intense scrutiny of the drug market to safeguard people's lives.

An effective rabies vaccine will save a patient's life. Thus, Changsheng's act directly threatens the lives of those who receive the vaccine.

Changsheng's fraud was discovered in a surprise inspection. Authorities inspected samples without informing the firm in advance and detected the fraud.

In 2006, China Food and Drug Administration introduced regulations on surprise inspections. Such an inspection, which entails heavy expenses, has only been carried out in the pharmaceutical industry so far, highlighting the importance the central government attaches to drug safety.

The scandal reminds us of the need for harder punishment to faulty drug makers. It is not the first time that Changsheng has been found violating rules. The company was criticized on November 3, 2017 for its defective DPT vaccine.

In less than a year, the company has been thrust into media limelight again for fraud. This shows that previous penalties have not acted as deterrents. There should be exemplary punishment for such incorrigible firms.

This time, the administration has revoked Changsheng's Drug GMP Certificate. Whether the penalty is adequately deterrent is to be seen. China can draw on the experience of other countries and consider imposing punitive damages on violating companies - the defaulting firms, apart from the losses incurred, will have to pay a large amount of penalties for their misconduct.

The scandal is indeed bad news for China's drug safety record. But it's fortunate that the defective vaccine has been detected before being released to the market and apparently there have been no reports of people being harmed after receiving other vaccines produced by Changsheng.

China Youth Daily

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Amid online outrage over the vaccine scandal, facing up to the public opinion would be the right choice. Departments concerned should try to understand the reason behind the outpouring of anger. The vaccine scandal has become a hot topic in WeChat Moments, and everyone knows why: because of our children. When it comes to the safety of children, people are willing to voice their concerns and move into action.

People are sensitive about issues that concern children, such as fake vaccines, child abuse, abductions and trafficking. Unlike child abuse cases, defective vaccines reflect businessmen's greed for profits and the lack of supervision and regulation.

Vaccines are the greatest invention in medicine and the best gift we can give our children. With the help of vaccines, even the weakest child can fight serious illnesses which have killed human beings for thousands of years.

However, the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine should be the most vital condition. It's pernicious and unforgivable to accumulate wealth by producing defective vaccines.

The most important thing at the moment is to stem the spread of public fear. People are now distrustful of all domestically-produced vaccines. When they find that faulty vaccine has been injected into hundreds of thousands of children, it's easy to panic.

To eliminate panic, the department responsible for supervision should answer questions which concern people's core interest - such as the effectiveness of the faulty vaccine and what should be done to kids who have already been vaccinated.

People tend to be pessimistic amid too much information, and it will cause more trouble if people are too scared to be vaccinated against any disease. Authorities should respond as quickly as possible.

Although inter-department cooperation is necessary, internal coordination shouldn't be found wanting so that people are kept informed and public opinion doesn't spiral out of control.

People should also realize that panic won't help. Public vigilance and criticism should continue and yet people shouldn't believe lopsided views. Sense shouldn't give way to sensibility.


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