The Kaohsiung prosecutors recently seized 80,000-plus rapid screening reagents from a company that had been producing them illegally under a client's name.
Kaohsiung prosecutors were recently tipped off about a company producing fake rapid-screening reagents under another company's name. On July 14, the 51-year-old vice president of the company was taken in for questioning.
Hsu Hung-ju, Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office："The company saw that demand was soaring in May when the outbreaks began and began manufacturing uncertified rapid-screening reagents and accessories. The products were slapped with fake labels bearing the name of a registered company and sold illegally."
The company sold its fake reagent at NT$189 per pop and accessory packages at around NT$300 each to stores, hospitals, and pharmacies. Prosecutors estimate the company earned NT$2 million from the scheme.
Hsu Hung-ju, Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office：" The vice president of the company, surnamed Tsai, has been charged with violating Article 61 of the Medical Devices Act."
It remains unknown what the company put in its reagent, and if the ingredients pose health risks. Prosecutors say people can report tips about fake or illegal products to their local prosecutors office, police, or health bureau.