The FDA Cannot Protect Us From Unsafe Drugs

Yep. It’s true, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the government agency responsible for  overseeing the safety of food, drugs, medical devices, etc., for the American public, is apparently incapable of doing its job. In damning testimony given before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, witnesses said that the FDA inspects very few foreign pharmaceutical manufacturing companies, and where inspections are actually conducted abroad, they are far less thorough than ones conducted in the U.S. The scary thing is that these foreign drug makers produce about 80 percent of all ingredients used by American drug makers for drugs that are used by the American public.

According to the witnesses’ testimony, the FDA is required to inspect domestic pharmaceutical manufacturers biannually, but there is no such mandate for foreign drug makers, which when you think about it, it seems counter-intuitive. We inspect companies making drugs etc., on American soil for Americans, but we don’t require the same level of scrutiny abroad. And it’s not like we can rely on these foreign countries to take the worry out of the scenario for us. Example: the ever growing concern over the safety of Chinese products, from toys, to food, to chemical additives, has added much fuel to this fire. (Remember the Chinese toothpaste laden with a compound used in anti freeze that made its way to our shores?) China does not inspect its chemical companies, not even the ones that export chemical products. It’s time to take a stand and demand that this government put the health and safety of its citizens first.

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