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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 02:43 AM

Why We Depend on China for Most of Our Medicines

The price of drugs has been a concern of everyone. But, the source of our medicines is not mentioned very much. Unfortunately, we depend on China for most of our supply. The following article is from the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. See the original article at https://www.ddponline.org/2019/11/01/drug-dependence/

Drug addiction is devastating. Drug dependence may be unavoidable, as with insulin-dependent diabetics. Modern medicine depends on the availability of life-saving drugs. And the U.S. now depends on China for most drugs. The U.S. even lacks the capacity to produce penicillin, as Rosemary Gibson reveals in her book China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Drugs.

In 1988, Oak Ridge National Laboratory published Expedient Antibiotic Production: A Final Report. This includes a how-to guide to build/rebuild antibiotic production facilities if they were damaged or destroyed. It has a map of the location of such production facilities in relation to a possible nuclear attack on industrial or military facilities.

Today, most of this capacity is gone, as manufacturing has been outsourced to the cheapest supplier. In 2004, the last U.S. penicillin production facility, in Syracuse, N.Y., closed. It was also making the starting material for cephalosporins. Launched in 1943, the facility had made 70% of the world’s penicillin until the mid-2000s.

Read more: https://arizonadailyindependent.com/2019/12/01/why-we-depend-on-china-for-most-of-our-medicines/

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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 04:37 AM

1. We are so fucked.

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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 04:42 AM

2. I just noticed that Aleve has moved from Mexico to China. And the reason I noticed

is that Aleve used to say it was gluten-free and now it doesn't.

Now that it's being made in China they will only say that they don't add gluten to it, but they won't say it's manufactured free of gluten or that it's tested to be free of gluten.

So I finally found a Target generic that is certified gluten free.

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