Stores caught selling cough medicines illegally
10,000 boxes that contained around 1.2 million bottles of cough syrup last year was bought by a company in Louhu District were found out to be sold in small stores illegally. The city drug administration closed down the company Shenzhen Xindi Co. Ltd for the distribution of the illegal medicine.
Six officials, a general manager, and some vice general managers were detained, and another 4,000 boxes containing the bottles cough syrup was also confiscated. The detained officials were also found to have evaded an unspecified sum of taxes in an investigation by the taxation department. In an preliminary investigation, the 4,000 boxes owned by Xindi were bought from two pharmaceutical companies in Jiangsu and Hebei through legal channels and sales records showed that Xindi bought around 1.2 million bottles of syrup in 2010.
The investigation team found it strange that the company bought a large amount of medicine for storage, and stores in Guangdong Province only record sales of 500,000 bottle of the cough syrup last year. this type of restricted drugs had to be stored in warehouses specially made for medicines and not a random warehouse in the industrial zone.
The cough syrup contained codeine phosphate which is a regulated drug by the World Health Organization. The police and investigating team found that the drug have been sold to small private stores in Luohu District and sold illegally to students. Prescription drug abuse is rampant among students and is fast becoming a serious problem in Shenzhen which have the largest number of drug abuse cases involving students.