China's armed forces health department today published a list of 16 bogus military medical institutions advertising fake medicines as the government intensified efforts to crack down on drugs fraud.
"These bogus military institutions advertised fake drugs in newspapers, magazines and on websites, posing a serious threat to public health and to the image of the People's Liberation Army," said the department.
Military medical institutions were prohibited from advertising any drugs by law. "All drugs ads in the name of military institutions are fraudulent," Xinhua news agency quoted the department as saying.
The military health department and State Post Bureau have jointly issued an order banning military medical institutions setting up post boxes in order to block channels for mail-order fake drugs.
In May, seven people were arrested and forged subscriptions, seals, receipts and drug labels purporting to come from military medical institutions were seized in Beijing. Fake drugs worth of 150,000 yuan (18,750 US dollars) were confiscated in the largest such case of fraud yet.
China intensified the crackdown against fake drugs following the recent death of nearly 10 people in south China's Guangdong province after a local hospital administered a medicine on patients.