Health ministry demands daily reports on suspect antibiotic
Updated: 2006-08-09 15:35
BEIJING -- The Ministry of Health on Wednesday demanded daily reports about
the suspect "Xinfu" antibiotic injection, which had allegedly provoked six
deaths by Tuesday.
A notice released by the ministry demanded that all provincial health
departments report cases of adverse reactions to the clindamycin phosphate
glucose injection by 4 p.m. each day. The reports should cover the 24-hour
period up to noon on the day of the report, the notice said.
The notice requires medical institutions at all levels to report
"Xinfu"-related cases to provincial drug monitoring centers and provincial
health departments as quickly as possible.
The ministry banned the use of the drug, produced by the Anhui Huayuan
Worldbest Biology Pharmacy Co., a subsidiary of Shanghai Worldbest Co. Ltd., on
Local health departments have been urged to take emergency control measures,
and to supervise the implementation of the ban in every single medical
"Officials will be held accountable if slack supervision of the recall and
control work leads to more adverse reaction cases," says the notice.
The antibiotic has been blamed for killing six people so