The above is from a report about the cancer patients affected by the corrupted medicine from Shanghai’s Hualian Pharmaceutical. According to an article from Jan. 10:
Under the guidance of and with the participation of a joint investigation team set up between the Ministry of Health and State Drug and Food Administration, concerned departments in Shanghai identified the cause of the accident: Hualian’s staff mixed Vincristine Sulfate into Methotrexate for injection and Cytarabine for injection, and this caused damage to the drugs and made them unqualified and unusable.
It’s one thing to sell bad cold medicine, another entirely to sell bad medicine to people who’s health is already pretty f*cked up. Now a guy who was just dealing leukemia lost use of his legs (which have become warped in shape as well), while others suffered various other side effects. People familiar with the place said that things were pretty messed up at the factory, like they were close to going belly up. In any case, you know how these things go–you cover up one lie with another, and soon you got a massive cover-up. But over a hundred people started suffering severe side effects, not just in Shanghai but in other places where the medicine was being sold (it was being sold nation-wide, actually).