Dubious HPV vaccines seized at Kwun Tong medical clinic

Local | 12 Jul 2019 6:44 pm

The directer of a medical center in Kwun Tong as well as an employee of the clinic have been arrested by customs, who seized 76 boxes of counterfeit HPV vaccines, RTHK reports.
Customs and the Health Department have been carrying out operations after receiving hundreds of complaints regarding fake vaccines this year, but this was the first time they found fake jabs on the market. 
The counterfeit vaccines were said to be worth HK$174,000.
Customs said they also found 47 boxes of genuine vaccines at the clinic.
Kwan Kin-keung, from the department's Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau, said patients who had asked a lot of questions were likely to have been given real vaccines.
Meanwhile, the Chief Pharmacist at the Department of Health, Lot Chan, said the counterfeit vaccines are being tested. 
He advised anyone who had received an HPV jab at the Harmony Medical Care Services clinic to consult their doctors if they feel unwell.
"Possibly, the problematic vaccines didn't contain active ingredients. So the vaccinations would not provide the protection expected," Chan said.
"The worst case scenario is the product may contain harmful substances which may cause safety issues. So we have to confirm or verify more information through an analysis."
Chan urged the public to turn to their family doctors for such vaccinations, adding that doctors in the city should only buy vaccines from licensed wholesalers. 
In June, a clinic in Jordan closed down after two directors were arrested over a similar HPV vaccine scare. The centre insisted it had only used genuine products, but also said it was offering millions of dollars in refunds to customers.

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