China reports 4 new deaths in fake drug scandal

China reports 4 new deaths in fake drug scandal
China reports 4 new deaths in fake drug scandal

Four more patients have died after being injected with a gallbladder drug made with a toxic fake ingredient, raising the overall fatality toll to nine, the Chinese government said Monday.

The scandal over the drug has prompted the government to order a safety review of all of China's pharmaceutical factories.

The Chinese company that made the drug has blamed the deaths on an unscrupulous supplier that it says delivered a toxic chemical in place of an ingredient used to make the medication.

The ingredient supplier and seven people associated with the factory have been detained by police, reports the AP.

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