New Heat Stable Label of Traceability Code for New Packed HPV Nine-valent Vaccine in China

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 New Heat Stable Label of Traceability Code for New Packed HPV Nine-valent Vaccine in China


At the end of April this year, the fraud of HPV 9-price vaccine in Yinfeng Hospital of Boao, Hainan, aroused national public concern. The news that some clinics in Hong Kong were vaccinating consumers with HPV 9-price vaccine was also exposed. Prior to the outbreak of false cervical cancer vaccine, no anti-counterfeiting label was found on the packaging of HPV 9-valent vaccine produced in Mershadong, while the packaging of vaccines inoculated in the Mainland was in English or traditional Chinese.

Recently, the Daily Economic News reporter learned that the new version of the nine-valent vaccine for cervical cancer was launched in mainland China in May. The packaging of the vaccine was printed in simplified Chinese with the words nine-valent human papillomavirus vaccine (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), and the drug traceability code and heat-stable label were added. Consumers can identify the true and false by scanning the traceability information of the vaccine, and also by heat-stable label. The color of the signature determines whether the vaccine has deteriorated.

Photo Source of New Packed Nine-valent Cervical Cancer Vaccine in China: Respondents Map

New version of HPV 9-valent vaccine is anti-counterfeiting

Vaccine expert Taulina also released the latest packaged nine-valent cervical cancer vaccine on the personal micro-blog platform and Weixin Friends Circle. According to Tao Li-na, the packaging of nine-valent cervical cancer vaccines in the Mainland has now been changed to simplified Chinese version. Before that, domestic nine-valent cervical cancer vaccines were transferred from other places, packaged in English or traditional Chinese version, lacking the anti-counterfeiting label for the goods.

The nine-valent vaccine for cervical cancer in mainland China can be divided into 10 packages and one pack. The name on the outer package has been changed to simplified Chinese for nine-valent human papillomavirus vaccine (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), while the back of the packages has 20 drug traceability codes. The traceability codes of each vaccine are different and can not be counterfeited, Tao said. Consumers can only query the traceability information through Alipay mobile App scan code.

The picture shows the 20-digit drug traceability code of the new nine-valent cervical cancer vaccine. Source of the picture: Respondents photo

Not only that, the inner packaging of each vaccine (plastic film) is labeled 30 China vaccine heat stability label (HEATmarker). This means that the nine-valent vaccine for cervical cancer can continue to be used after 30 days of storage at 37 degrees Celsius, Torrina said. Vaccine thermal stability label is a copper coin-shaped sticker with purple outer circle and white square inside. The label will change color with temperature. If the white part of the label gradually becomes purple or darker color, indicating that the temperature has exceeded the high temperature exposure range that the vaccine can withstand, the vaccine must be scrapped.

Photo Source of Thermal Stability Label on Inner Package: Respondent Taulina

The change in color of the heat-stable label shows whether vaccines can be used from the source of the picture: Taulina, respondents

Daily Economic News then contacted Ms. Wang, who was vaccinated with a new nine-valent vaccine for cervical cancer in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, on June 4. She showed her new package of vaccines: a simple Chinese version of the nine-valent human papillomavirus vaccine (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) on the front and a 20-digit drug traceability code of 818947400021134747** on the back. So, reporters through Alipay scan code query the vaccine traceability information.

The picture is a reporter scanning bar code display traceability information source: Alipay App screenshots.

Drug traceability information shows that the production date of the nine-valent vaccine for cervical cancer is September 3, 2018 and its validity period is September 2, 2021. Drug traceability information also includes drug batch number, manufacturer, etc. After scanning the bar code, it will show that the drug has been swept by several users, and it will also obtain the geographic location information of the swept user, telling the user whether it belongs to the normal range.

On the afternoon of June 12, Daily Economic News called the CDC of Luohu District of Shenzhen. Staff told reporters that there was indeed a new simplified version of the nine-price vaccine for cervical cancer in China. It was supplied in Luohu District of Shenzhen in May this year. Mershadong, a manufacturer, opened a production line for China this year, so it had a brand-new simplified Chinese version packaging. However, if the supply of the production line is insufficient, the mainland will make up for the vaccines in Hong Kong, so there may still be two kinds of packaged vaccines on the market at the same time.

It was impossible to tell whether the vaccine was true or not and whether it had deteriorated.

At the end of April this year, Hainan Boao Yinfeng Hospital was exposed illegally vaccinated with pseudocervical cancer nine-valent vaccine, involving 38 victims, for a time aroused national public concern. In the interview, Daily Economic News reporters learned that some of the vaccines vaccinated by victims were illegally smuggled vaccines, while others were fake vaccines produced in Siping, Jilin Province. At that time, only the batch number and date of production were on the packaging of the nine-valent vaccine for cervical cancer.

In an interview with reporters, Taulina said that because the batches of vaccines issued by the state are open, counterfeiters will copy these batches for counterfeiting, so a single query batches can not distinguish between the true and false vaccines, unless there is a unique code on each box, which can be used to query vaccine information, so that counterfeiting can be eliminated.

In addition to the fake vaccines of concern, there is also a smuggled aquatic vaccine. Following the counterfeiting of HPV 9-valent vaccine in Yinfeng Hospital, Boao, Hainan, in May, the news that some clinics in Hong Kong were vaccinating consumers with HPV 9-valent vaccine was also disclosed. The complaints concerned 30 clinics, suspected of using the 9-valent cervical cancer vaccine through informal channels. On June 5, Huanya Medical Examination Group was liquidated and two directors were arrested.

The so-called aquatic vaccine is a genuine vaccine obtained through informal channels, but it is also classified as a fake vaccine because there is no way to know whether the vaccine is invalid during transportation. Nevertheless, Taolina said that the nine-valent vaccine for cervical cancer is now very heat-stable, and can be stored for seven days at 37 degrees Celsius.

Nowadays, in order to better monitor the deterioration of the vaccine, the new nine-valent cervical cancer vaccine packaged in China has been labeled with heat stability, which enables consumers to more intuitively identify whether the vaccine is acceptable.

The staff of Luohu CDC in Shenzhen also told Daily Economic News that, in fact, the supervision of vaccines in China has been quite strict. Almost all vaccines require a 20-digit drug traceability code. Therefore, the nine-price vaccine for cervical cancer in China also needs to comply with this regulation, and the drug traceability code should be affixed so that the vaccinators can inquire about the vaccine producers and regulations. Information such as grid, batch number and expiration date ensures the authenticity of the vaccine.

Source: Daily Economic News Responsible Editor: Li Hang_BJS 4645