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Friday, September 13, 2019

The vast majority of key ingredients for drugs that many Americans rely on are manufactured abroad, mostly in China.



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As the U.S. defense establishment grows increasingly concerned about China's potentially hostile ambitions, the pharmaceutical supply chain is receiving new scrutiny.

"If China shut the door on exports of medicines and their key ingredients and raw material, U.S. hospitals and military hospitals and clinics would cease to function within months, if not days," said Rosemary Gibson, author of a book on the subject, "China RX."

Or, Gibson told NBC News, China could potentially "weaponize our medicines. They can sell us medicines without any medicine in them. They can sell medicines that have lethal contaminants in it."

Other generic drugs whose key ingredients are manufactured in China include medicines for blood pressure medicine, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, epilepsy and depression, Gibson says.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-09-13 02:11 AM | Reply

"We can't make penicillin anymore," said Gibson. "The last penicillin plant in the United States closed in 2004."

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-09-13 02:12 AM | Reply

You know who's not worried? Corporations. Bcause they don't give a ---- about America and would sell out this nation for an extra .01 per share.

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-09-13 06:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Outsourcing critically needed items should be made illegal. We can't even build missiles needed for defense without components made in China? Now drugs necessary for critically ill patients are dependent upon China? This is something that a only a sold out Congress would tolerate. Pass a Constitutional Amendment; Corporations are not people and connot participate in politics in any way, shape or form.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2019-09-13 09:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


Trumps tariffs have brought to everyone's attention how vulnerable the US actually is.

We can't very well blame this vulnerability on Trump considering it exists whether we ever spoke about it or not.

The US will now be forced to discuss it which frankly I suspect was the intention all along.

Trump talked about the inequitable imbalance in trade between countries when he was running.

Now we are slowly learning piece by piece he was right.

#5 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2019-09-13 11:10 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3


But you don't want to pay the higher price? Right?

#6 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-09-13 10:40 PM | Reply

But you don't want to pay the higher price? Right?

This might be a reasonable argument except drug prices are and will continue to be out of control regardless of where they're manufactured.

#7 | Posted by horstngraben at 2019-09-13 11:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#7 US drug prices are out of control, but that has nothing to do with China.
It is US drug companies you can blame for that.

#8 | Posted by bored at 2019-09-14 12:17 AM | Reply

This is a big problem. First the Chinese nail down the fentanyl and vape products markets. What's next--vodka?

#9 | Posted by catdog at 2019-09-14 09:20 AM | Reply

WTF are we getting drugs from china for? That is dumb.

#10 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-09-14 01:21 PM | Reply

If it ain't white it ain't right!

#11 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-09-14 01:27 PM | Reply

This isn't really a China problem. It is a monopoly problem. US drug prices are high because of monopolies. Being dependent on one country for drugs or their ingredients creates a monopoly.

Monopolies are terrible for consumers, but protecting them is great for politicians.

Monopolies of all types should be heavily regulated.

Medicare should require that the off patent drugs it pays for come from at least two arms length suppliers.

#12 | Posted by bored at 2019-09-15 02:38 PM | Reply

#7 US drug prices are out of control, but that has nothing to do with China.
It is US drug companies you can blame for that.
#8 | Posted by bored

Wrong. it is the fda.

#13 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-09-15 04:04 PM | Reply

Wrong. it is the fda.

Wrong as usual Sniper. Insulin which has been commercially available for 37 years has doubled in cost in recent years. No way you can blame the FDA for that. Don't forget your good friend Martin Shkreli who jacked up the cost of drugs he didn't even have to research 100's of percentage points, and he's far from the only one he's just the one who made the MSM.

#14 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2019-09-15 04:17 PM | Reply

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