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Chinese schools investigated for giving prescription drugs to kindergarteners without parental permission

Chinese authorities are investigating the illegal administration of prescription drugs to kindergarten students in three Chinese provinces. At one school, local authorities determined an anti-viral drug with known side effects had been administered to students since 2008.
By JC Finley   |   March 19, 2014 at 3:34 PM   |   Comments

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BEIJING, March 19 (UPI) -- Prescription drugs were allegedly administered to kindergarten students at schools in three Chinese provinces in an attempt to reportedly boost attendance by preventing illness.

In China, school revenue is based on attendance.

Approximately 2,000 kindergarten students from schools suspected of illegally administering prescription drugs are receiving medical treatment. Some kindergartners experienced side effects from the drugs, including dizziness, stomachache, leg pain, and genital swelling.

At one school, the Fengyun Lanwan Kindergarten, local authorities discovered children had been given moroxydine ABOB, a prescription anti-flu drug, since 2008.

China's education and health ministries responded to the allegations with an order that education and health officials investigate all kindergartens and primary schools for evidence of illegal drug administration.

News of the scandal comes as First Lady Michelle Obama embarks on a week-long trip to China, where she will promote education.

[CNN]

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