Fake Angong Niuhuang pills are flowing into the Hong Kong market, am730 reported Friday.
Police in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, recently received a tip-off that an underground factory in the city was producing counterfeits of the popular detoxification pill.
The authorities found several medicine-making machines and finished fakes at the plant.
The factory’s owner, surnamed Hu, said he was working with a trading firm to sell the counterfeit pills in Hong Kong.
The trading firm’s boss, surnamed Cui, said he obtained Chinese pharmacy Beijing Tong Ren Tang’s recipe for Angong Niuhuang pills from a Hongkonger.
Cui then linked up with Hu to mass produce the fake pills.
It reportedly costs only 2 yuan (US$0.31) to produce a fake pill.
But each pill can be sold for about HK$700 (US$90.32) in Hong Kong, generating a 29,000 percent profit.
A total of HK$2.78 million worth of such pills has been sold in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, the report said.
Police said the two men have been arrested for the production and sale of counterfeit drugs.
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