Several decades ago, penicillin, vitamin C, and many other prescription and over-the-counter products were manufactured in the United States. But with the rise of globalization, antibiotics, antidepressants, birth control pills, blood pressure medicines, cancer drugs, among many others are made in China and sold in the United States.
China's biggest impact on the US drug supply is making essential ingredients for thousands of medicines found in American homes and used in hospital intensive care units and operating rooms.
The authors convincingly argue that there are at least two major problems with this scenario. First, it is inherently risky for the United States to become dependent on any one country as a source for vital medicines, especially given the uncertainties of geopolitics. For example, if an altercation in the South China Sea causes military personnel to be wounded, doctors may rely upon medicines with essential ingredients made by the adversary. Second, lapses in safety standards and quality control in Chinese manufacturing are a risk. Citing the concerns of FDA officials and insiders within the pharmaceutical industry, the authors document incidents of illness and death caused by contaminated medications that prompted reform.
This probing book examines the implications of our reliance on China on the quality and availability of vital medicines.
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Table of Contents
Part I The Difference A Country Makes
Chapter 1 "They Took My Heart Away" 17
Chapter 2 What's in Your Medicine Cabinet? 27
Chapter 3 Washington Wakes Up 41
Part II Pivot East: How It Happened
Chapter 4 "These Drugs Can Reach Anyone Including the President" 53
Chapter 5 The Vitamin C and Penicillin Cartels 69
Chapter 6 The China Trap 83
Chapter 7 The Great American Sellout 101
Chapter 8 Today's Gain, Tomorrow's Pain 117
Part III The Hidden Cost Of Cheap Drugs
Chapter 9 Are Drugs from China Safe ? 137
Chapter 10 Made in China, Sue in America? Good Luck 161
Chapter 11 The Perfect Crime 173
Chapter 12 Where Does the Secretary of Defense Procure His Medicine? 189
Chapter 13 China Bashing? Take a Look at This 205
Part IV Bring It Home
Chapter 14 A Ten-Step Plan to Bring It Home 221
Appendix: How to Find Out Where Your Medicines Are Made 231