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Chinese children ill due to out-of-date medicine

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Chinese children ill due to out-of-date medicine


Children at a hospital for infectious diseases in northeast China have become even sicker after staff gave them out-of-date medication. At least 17 infants being treated for measles became seriously ill after they were put on intravenous drips containing the drugs.

Furious parents crowded hospital hallways and demanded answers from doctors.

The provincial hospital has since laid off three nurses accused of mixing out-of-date medication with fresh batches. Two more officials have been cautioned.

China has repeatedly attracted unwelcome attention about food and drug safety standards.
In 2008, several babies died after drinking milk tainted with the chemical melamine.

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