URUMQI, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- The fake diabetes drug
linked to two deaths in China's far western region of Xinjiang was found to have
come from northeast China's Liaoning Province, the region's authorities
The drug, sold under the brand "Tang Zhi Ning Jiao
Nang," was found to contain six times the normal dose of glibenclamide, which is
used to help lower blood sugar. Two patients died after taking the fake drug
An investigation found that the drug was sent to
Kashi and Aksu, both in Xinjiang, from Chaoyang City, Liaoning by a man named Li
Dong, said Yu Shengde, Party secretary of the region's food and drug safety
The food and drug safety regulator in southern
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region confirmed Li was a distributor of Guangxi
Pingnan Pharmaceutical Co.
The company, however, denied it had produced the
The Ministry of Public Security issued an arrest
warrant Thursday for Li, described by the ministry as the chief suspect.
The Xinjiang authorities said 14,400 bottles of the
drug entered the region, of which 10,663 bottles had been recovered, including
3,539 taken from customers.
The drug also showed up in Liaoning and the
southwestern Sichuan Province. However, no one has been found to have fallen ill
after taking the drug outside of Xinjiang.
It is still not clear where the fake drug was