But the incident will likely further erode consumer trust in Chinese medical products, and comes after a major scandal in 2018 involving faulty vaccines.
National Health Commission on Tuesday informed the NMPA that a batch of Meheco-produced human immunoglobulin, carrying the batch number of 20180610Z, were found HIV antibody positive. The products involved have been sealed and medical institutions nationwide have been asked to stop using them while investigations continue, according to China's official Xinhua News Agency.
Intravenous immunoglobulin treatments can help patients with weakened immune systems or other diseases to fight off infections. Just $5 a month.
The IVIg in question was produced by Shanghai Xinxing, which is owned by China's pharmaceutical giant Meheco Group.More news: Amazon joins Microsoft's call to regularise facial recognition technology
An alarming story came to light today when the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration released a statement (in Chinese) announcing an immediate recall of a batch of blood plasma from Shanghai Xinxing Medicine Company due to some of it testing positive for HIV antibodies.
Intravenous immunoglobulin, a blood product, prepared from the serum of between 1,000 and 15,000 donors per batch is used for the treatment of low immunity that is triggered by conditions like blood cancer and hepatitis.
"According to worldwide relevant literature reports, combined with the characteristics of the production process of the drug inactivated virus and the PH value of the product, experts believe that the risk of HIV infection in patients using the drug is very low", the NHC said in a statement.
Public faith in China's health regulators has been shaken by previous scandals. Months earlier, faulty diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough vaccines resulted in the government slapping a record penalty of an equivalent of 1.3 billion USA dollars on the vaccine manufacturer, Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology Company. As part of the fallout, four former officials with the China Food and Drug Administration - the body above the NMPA - are being investigated for corruption.More news: Android Users Exposed to Remote Hack via PNG File
Recently, more than 100 children were administered expired polio vaccines. Chinese offices are largely shut for the week-long Lunar New Year holiday.
Shanghai Xinxing is the country's leading manufacturer of blood products. According to China's Ministry of Health, over 40 percent of people who gave blood at illegal centers - which numbered in the hundreds - became infected with HIV.
A study of 280,000 villagers in Henan who had sold their blood found that more than 36,000, about one in eight, had HIV or Aids.
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