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Ministry issues warning over rabies vaccine

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The Health Ministry on Saturday warned all pharmacies, hospitals and other health service providers to immediately stop selling a China-made rabies vaccine over concerns it was not manufactured according to strict guidelines.

A ministry statement identified the Chinese company making and distributing the vaccine as Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences and said the product is distributed in Cambodia through K-Man Co Ltd.

The statement also warned that the ministry will crack down on those found importing or selling the vaccine in the Kingdom.

Heng Bun Keat, director of the ministry’s drugs and food department, declined further comment on the matter, saying he was busy in a meeting. Hean Kimseat, his deputy, could not be reached for comment.

Meng Srun, a K-Man representative, said that his company had imported and distributed the vaccine because Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences was a highly regarded producer of vaccines in China.

He noted that because the manufacturer has some legal issues over the production of the vaccine in China, his company had stopped importing six months ago.

“The Chinese government is investigating the company over fraudulent documentation, and has not yet issued a final verdict,” Mr Srun said.

“The Chinese government only asked the manufacturer to temporarily suspend producing and distributing the product, but we have stopped importing and selling it for nearly half a year now.”

He noted that K-Man has already informed the ministry that it will recall any vaccines that are still available on the market.

“We are still carrying out checks but so far we have not found any on the shelves,” he noted.

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