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Pharmaceutical Drugs Made in China May Mean Trouble for U.S.
The Kansas City Star ^ | December 5, 2007 | By Tim Johnson

Posted on 12/08/2007 4:53:10 AM PST by JACKRUSSELL

(BEIJING)--The medicine cabinet in the average U.S. home is filling with drugs made in China, and some experts say that could be a prescription for trouble.

China’s booming pharmaceutical industry has doubled exports to the United States in the past five years, undercutting competitors and making American consumers reliant on the safety of Chinese factories and captive to any disruptions in Sino-U.S. commerce.

It might seem like merely a trade issue. But industry experts in Europe and the United States say that national security concerns are edging into the debate.

Consider this scenario:

If a major anthrax attack were to occur in the United States — larger than the one in 2001, when five people died — pharmaceutical companies that make the two antibiotics most suitable for treatment, Cipro and doxycycline, would have no choice but to rely on China or India for key ingredients once American stockpiles were exhausted. Those ingredients no longer are made in the West.

A Portuguese company that ramped up doxycycline production in 2001 at Washington’s request said that China now controlled the flow of its crucial drug component.

“If we were asked to do this again, we would be dependent on China providing us with key starting materials that are unavailable in the rest of the world,” said Guy Villax, chief executive of Hovione, a Lisbon-based fine chemicals company.

The spectacular growth of China’s pharmaceutical industry coincides with some equally huge problems. A kickback scandal ensnared China’s State Food and Drug Administration and its chief in charges that they gave approval for bogus drugs, including a counterfeit antibiotic that left 13 people dead. Wary of rising public anger, the state issued a Draconian sanction: It executed the agency chief in July......

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KEYWORDS: antibiotics; china; globalism; madeinchina; nationalsecurity; pharmaceuticals; toxicchina
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Workers in sterile suits prepare medicines at a plant in Hangzhou, China, last month. (Fan Di / McClatchy Tribune)

1 posted on 12/08/2007 4:53:11 AM PST by JACKRUSSELL
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To: Duchess47; jahp; LilAngel; metmom; EggsAckley; Battle Axe; SweetCaroline; Grizzled Bear; ...
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”MADE IN CHINA” Ping.

(Please FReepmail me if you would like to be on or off of the list.)
2 posted on 12/08/2007 4:53:30 AM PST by JACKRUSSELL
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Wow.


3 posted on 12/08/2007 5:00:22 AM PST by fatima
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To: JACKRUSSELL

How much of this is based on union demands, and ecoterrorists commands? Thanks, dims!


4 posted on 12/08/2007 5:03:11 AM PST by mathluv
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Maybe he was in cahoots...

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This is the reason we can't "recapture the 60's ideals." The drugs just aren't as good.

5 posted on 12/08/2007 5:05:40 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (hillary clinton is vladimir putin in drag.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

We keep hearing that the high costs of drugs comes from research, not manufacturing. I would be happy to pay $5 at Walmart instead of $4. I’m turning into a trade protectionist especially on national security issues.

Yesterday I tried talking to the Walmart pharmacist about my suspicions that the folic acid tablets were sugar pills - it should taste sour from what I can figure - and he was totally dismissive “It’s not made in China - it has a US manufacturer - if the chemicals do come from China, the company lab always does quality tests...”

Yuh-huh. Just like they do on toys.


6 posted on 12/08/2007 5:06:07 AM PST by heartwood
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To: JACKRUSSELL
Are we suppose to wait until someone dies?

Will our illustrious congress people do something about it or kill us

7 posted on 12/08/2007 5:08:26 AM PST by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Not only drugs, but also vitamins we take often come from China. In fact, if you take vitamin C...it is probably manufactured in China, but you’d never know it because it is sold under an American label.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003732744_vitamins03.html


8 posted on 12/08/2007 5:08:54 AM PST by dawn53
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To: JACKRUSSELL
It’s called ‘competition’, folks. Those corporate MBAs who wrote business plans built around lobbying Washington for monopoly rights are about to learn the meaning of this funny new word.
9 posted on 12/08/2007 5:08:56 AM PST by BlazingArizona
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To: JACKRUSSELL
China offered foreign journalists a tour of two model pharmaceutical plants in Hangzhou on Nov. 23. The plants were spotless. Workers in face masks toiled in jumpsuits on assembly lines. Polished machinery gleamed. One factory made Chinese medicines to treat prostate ailments. The other made herbal remedies.

Anybody here believe that herbal remedy plants in China are like this? This was a show.

“Just suppose you are taking some cholesterol drug, and its intermediates or active ingredients are made in China. Then there’s some conflict with Taiwan. Will your drug still be available?” asked Joe Acker, president of the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers’ Association, a trade group in Washington. “The whole drug supply could be in jeopardy in these kinds of situations.”

The same could be said about steel, copper, electronics, clothing, etc. The god of supercapitalism have sold, not their souls , but ours, in the name of profit.

10 posted on 12/08/2007 5:09:23 AM PST by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: heartwood

That’s why I won’t buy their $4 drugs. Who knows where they came from. For all I know; they came behind the building in an illegal drug lab.

It is scary.


11 posted on 12/08/2007 5:10:25 AM PST by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: JACKRUSSELL
“Trust but verify” Ronald Reagan.

In this case and many others the verify is gone.

12 posted on 12/08/2007 5:21:16 AM PST by madconserv (Help me I'm lost , I only know who not to vote for...Jesus take the wheel)
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To: freekitty

The quality control and counterfeit detection on any drugs is lacking, generic or name-brand. I honestly don’t think that CVS is getting different drugs than Walmart is. Health care and drug pricing is so fouled up, with the individual payer usually being charged about four times as much as the insurance company is.

My guess is that Walmart just cut the insurance companies out of a lot of their drug transactions and gave those prices to the consumer.


13 posted on 12/08/2007 5:22:24 AM PST by heartwood
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To: freekitty

The quality control and counterfeit detection on any drugs is lacking, generic or name-brand. I honestly don’t think that CVS is getting different drugs than Walmart is. Health care and drug pricing is so fouled up, with the individual payer usually being charged about four times as much as the insurance company is.

My guess is that Walmart just cut the insurance companies out of a lot of their drug transactions and gave those prices to the consumer.


14 posted on 12/08/2007 5:22:24 AM PST by heartwood
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To: JACKRUSSELL
China doesn’t have to declare war on us to kill us. All they need to do put lethal instaneous poison of some kind in many different kinds of food and medications. Then they can fly right in, get rid of our carcass’s and take over our country.

I’m SICK of hearing about all the bad food, toy, and now medicine that is being imported from China.

Geez, don’t our leaders know to NEVER TRUST A COMMIE????

15 posted on 12/08/2007 5:40:10 AM PST by proudofthesouth (Liberalism IS a mental illness.)
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To: BlazingArizona

Bravo Sierra. It’s called lawyers and litigation and insurance companies.

Unfortunately my cholesterol drugs are made in India. And within the above story is the bad news about antibiotics.

America is slowing killing itself.


16 posted on 12/08/2007 5:42:41 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: heartwood

Our food additives come from China, our vitamins come from china, Our antibiotic ingredients are from china.....Hopefully the water we drink is local and won’t be poisoned as well...


17 posted on 12/08/2007 5:43:20 AM PST by x_plus_one (The entire Islamic moral universe devolves solely from the life and teachings of Muhammad.)
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To: proudofthesouth
China doesn’t have to declare war on us to kill us

IMHO in your case you'll drop dead from worrying about what might happen long before anything actually does happen

18 posted on 12/08/2007 5:46:15 AM PST by ninonitti
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To: mathluv

Most drugs are dangerous, regardless of where they are made.


19 posted on 12/08/2007 5:48:13 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: JACKRUSSELL

No more troublesome than the Clinton links to China. If we can just kill enough Americans, all of Hitlary’s programs will work. There will be plenty of medical services for those left to receive them, they just won’t be very good. We can all serve the collective, National Socialist Party and call her Fuhrer.
Remember it was Billary Care that ended vaccine making in the U.S. Just one more step...


20 posted on 12/08/2007 5:51:26 AM PST by Steamburg (Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: raybbr
And it's not just the manufacturing plants we have to worry about. The People's Republic of China controls a mind-boggling amount of money that it invests in our capital markets via sovereign wealth fund. The conflict of interest is alarming. While concerns about national security limit China's investments in areas of direct relation to military and tech vulnerability, we ignore the potential for mischief in softer areas at our own peril.

Some strategic investment in US major pharmaceuticals and biotechs would be a handsome accessory to the manufacturing hold China already enjoys. No actual voting or controlling interest needed. Money exerts a pre-emptive influence in ways far apart and in advance of any vote that comes before the shareholders. You only have to look at Mattel's craven behavior following the recent toy recalls to see how this could play out systemically.

21 posted on 12/08/2007 5:54:01 AM PST by Eroteme
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To: snippy_about_it
Its also about Hillary Clinton’s declared war on the pharmaceutical industry.
22 posted on 12/08/2007 6:09:39 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Oh Goody...

You know, quality control is a good thing
especially when it is useful to know what drug you are taking
the dose, adsorption kinetics, and adulterants


23 posted on 12/08/2007 6:20:34 AM PST by HangnJudge
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To: JACKRUSSELL

“Han, we are running low on filler for the Viagra!”

“Mix in some Warfarin, Mei. They’ll never know the difference”


24 posted on 12/08/2007 6:25:59 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: JACKRUSSELL

If I remember correctly (it was a long time ago...), when Comrade Breshnev had heart surgery, the Soviets secured and used drugs made here in the good ‘ol USA. The point being, when it really had to count, the commies knew they couldn’t trust their own systems of supply.


25 posted on 12/08/2007 6:35:28 AM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: mathluv
How much of this is based on union demands,

Aw c'mon with this old line. Most manufacturing plants that have shut down and moved to China have been non union. Most manufacturing jobs are non union BTW.

26 posted on 12/08/2007 6:36:24 AM PST by am452 (If you don't stand behind our troops feel free to stand in front of them!!)
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To: heartwood

I share your sentiments. However, there is a possibility that what you are tasting is an inactive coating, made of some paste with sugar as a component. Many drugs have such coatings, to delay absorbtion and cover the awful taste of the active ingredients.


27 posted on 12/08/2007 6:57:51 AM PST by hellbender
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To: x_plus_one

If you have a public water supply, it may well be treated with chemicals which could theoretically come from China. If you have a home water treatment system, the chemicals it uses could come from China, eventually if not already.


28 posted on 12/08/2007 7:02:05 AM PST by hellbender
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To: JACKRUSSELL

See that machine way in back? That’s the one that puts a light coating of lead on the outside of each pill!


29 posted on 12/08/2007 8:24:36 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: hellbender

It’s not the coating - I bit into the pill, sweet all the way through. My m-i-l is a doctor and says that most prescription medications taste bitter, and if it isn’t bitter, there may be something wrong with it. So I’m a pill biter by habit now. Folic acid isn’t supposed to be bitter however but sour.


30 posted on 12/08/2007 9:25:37 AM PST by heartwood
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To: snippy_about_it
Bravo Sierra. It’s called lawyers and litigation and insurance companies.

Lawyers just follow the money. Since a lawyer is the larval form of a politician, they too have a vested interest in haunting Washington, getting the law itself twisted to their benefit, whole the medical monopolists do the same, each side desperately trying to raise enough money to keep the other fed. And the party that pays for both sides of this process is, ultimately, the consumer.

Notice the sudden prevalence of the meme that everything from China is lethally dangerous. Who do you think is promoting this idea? Since China's whole economy depends on selling goods to the US, it follows that they are going to jump on any instances of inferior product very quickly.

Furthermore, a free market does not mean buying everything from China, any more than it means buying every pill from Canadian socialists. We need the freedom to buy on world markets. If your insurance company will not pay for major surgery, you can already fly to India, get operated on at a fully accredited hospital, then squeeze in a week or two of vacation for a price that a middle-class family can afford. It's also already the case that you can get most prescriptions filled in Switzerland, which has similar quality controls to the US and does all its own research and production, for less. That is, it would be possible if we were allowed to.

31 posted on 12/08/2007 10:18:45 AM PST by BlazingArizona
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To: heartwood

You are probably right and the insurance companies run scams too. For example, the drugs Protonix and the purple pill. If you are on insurance with your company; whichever one your insurance company is promoting due to the manufacturer deal; is the one they want you to use. If you don’t have insurance you are in for a rude awakening. The one your insurance company recommended is $45 more than the other one without insurance.


32 posted on 12/08/2007 10:38:13 AM PST by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: heartwood

I looked at some of the drugs offered at Walmart and I can truthfully say I have never heard of the brands.


33 posted on 12/08/2007 10:39:33 AM PST by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: heartwood

Greeeattt.Now we have to get our daily allowance of lead and carbolic acid in our vitamins and pharmaceuticals from china.


34 posted on 12/08/2007 10:47:32 AM PST by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: freekitty

The Walmart $4 drugs cover a whole lot of the basics - many of your chronic complaints - hypertension, cardiac, diabetes (oral agents), some of your asthma and COPD, arthritis, depression/anxiety, plus common infections. It wouldn’t necessarily be the best anti-hypertensive or anti-diabetic agent for you, but it would be something. They’re all generics and they seem to have an extensive anti-hypertensive and cardiac list. A good place to send patients on a limited income.

Pharmacies get their drugs through layers of middlemen. I don’t trust Walmart less than the others.


35 posted on 12/08/2007 1:00:03 PM PST by heartwood
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To: heartwood

I don’t want just something. I want that something to help me.


36 posted on 12/08/2007 2:55:32 PM PST by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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