Foreign drugs were dangerous, the FDA warned, because they were not subjected to rigorous quality control requirements -- the implication being, of course, that brand-name pharmaceuticals sold in the United States are not contaminated.
This has been proven to be yet another lie. Heparin, a blood-thinning drug made by Baxter International, was recently discovered by consumers to be manufactured in China, where the quality controls were so low that this FDA approved, brand-name drug was apparently deliberately contaminated with an adulterated chemical.
It has now resulted in the death of dozens of consumers in the United States. The very scenario dreamed up by the FDA to warn consumers away from pharmaceuticals purchased in Canada or Mexico turns out to be true -- for a brand-name drug sold at monopoly prices in the United States.
The FDA has not inspected 93 percent of the factories that manufacture pharmaceuticals outside the United States, and many of the pharmaceuticals manufactured for U.S. drug companies are contaminated with metal parts from the gears of processing machines or flecks of paint from factory walls.
Many brand-name drugs are NOT tested for contaminants before being sold to consumers in the United States, Canada and other countries, regardless of where they were manufactured. How many more people have to die before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) steps up to the plate and begins protecting Americans instead of harming them?
The drug industry is clearly manipulating and controlling the FDA like a puppeteer does a marionette. They both want you to believe that prescription drugs are ONLY safe if they come from the United States -- where drug costs are at a premium and Americans spend 10 times the amount on drugs that people in, say, Canada do.
Though I rarely recommend drugs, the notion that you must buy them in the United States to protect yourself is false. You can save up to 50 percent off the cost of drugs by purchasing them through foreign pharmacies like the ones in Canada, and you can search for these pharmacies using the Internet.
Most Drugs Sold in the United States are Imported
And this is the key that you need to remember. Your name-brand drugs were probably made in China, Puerto Rico or another country. And they probably will not say so on the label. Disconcerting? Yes. But that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. As this article so rightly pointed out:
- Many U.S. drugs are made in China -- a country with some of the lowest quality control standards in the world
- The drugs are often NOT tested for contaminants before they’re sold in the United States
- 93 percent of the foreign factories that make drugs for the United States have never been inspected by the FDA
Federal law does not require inspections of foreign drugmakers, and even if one does occur, it does not necessarily include an on-site visit if the company has passed previous inspections for other drugs.
Meanwhile, the reason why contaminated heparin (the blood-thinning drug that recently caused hundreds of adverse reactions and deaths) made its way easily into the hands of Americans is that the FDA inspected and approved the wrong drug plant!
Are you feeling as safe and secure as I am?
Yet Another Reason to Take Control of Your Health
You would think that in a country as “advanced” as the United States, contaminated prescription drugs would be a moot point. Yet, they are constantly surfacing, killing and injuring innocent people who believe they are doing right by their health.
But the sad reality is that even under the best circumstances -- when they’re not contaminated -- prescription drugs kill.
An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that an estimated 106,000 hospitalized patients die each year from drugs that, by medical standards, are properly prescribed and properly administered. More than 2 million more suffer serious side effects.
So please, let’s all take a giant step back and get away from the flawed notion that drugs are going to make you healthy. Parents, you can help to create a healthier next generation by teaching your children that adhering to basic health principles will help their bodies to heal themselves.
For all of you reading this right now, spread the word to those you care about. Your future health lies in nutritious food, sunlight, physical activity, good sleep and a happy outlook -- not in the pills being pushed by the drug companies and the FDA.