“Prescription grade” is a phrase that our society associates with high quality and purity. You would expect everything that is sold by prescription to live up to high standards. In fact, you should expect high standards from your prescriptions.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Jonathan Landsman reports,
“China is a major supplier of the active ingredients found in many of the prescription drugs that Americans use on a daily basis. However, it has come to light that some of these drug components aren’t being properly tested for safety, contamination or dosage effects. Big pharma saves quite a bit of money by outsourcing to China, but the pharmaceutical industry doesn’t seem particularly motivated to hold Chinese companies to a high standard.
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently been forced to send a warning letter to the Shanghai company Tai Heng due to their systemic manipulation of key data and information. This fraudulent behavior has raised questions about the safety and quality of all Chinese products related to the pharmaceutical industry.
“During a 2015 inspection of the Tai Heng plant, FDA inspectors uncovered processes that involved samples being routinely retested after failing to get acceptable results until such results were obtained. The drug quality failures were also never investigated to determine cause. After retesting, analysts would then manipulate the results shown in their computer systems. Operators also created ‘mock’ sheets to current batch records look acceptable, according to the FDA warning letter.”
This should be highly troubling to U.S. pharmaceutical companies because contaminants have the potential to cause negative side-effects which could cause a massive public relations nightmare, but, so far, this hasn’t been the case.
Surprisingly (and thankfully), the FDA is pushing to have a total investigation of that manufacturer. Unfortunately, though, this move by the FDA comes after criticism was aimed at them for not moving quick enough to prevent hundreds of deaths due to contaminated ingredients in the blood thinner Heparin that came from a Chinese manufacturer.
This brings up the question of how to be sure that a person is avoiding potentially contaminated Chinese ingredients. The answer, at this point, is that the only way to be sure to avoid these contaminates is to find other ways to control the medical condition for which a person is taking the pharmaceuticals.
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