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Nov072010

Drugs and Supplements to US from China Mostly Unregulated

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A review from the Government Accounting Office found a growing percentage of drugs and supplements sold in the United States comes from China and is largely unregulated and uninspected by U.S. officials.

Critics say consumers have no way to know where their pills originate because federal labeling laws are not being enforced.  The Food and Drug Administration says its staff is too small to properly inspect all the plants producing medicines for the U.S. market.  In a recent review, the Kansas City Star found 80 percent of the ingredients and 40 percent of the finished pharmaceuticals sold in the U.S. were made overseas.  The government said half of them come from China and India.

Chinese manufacturers defended their safety rate, but critics pointed to a recent case in which Chinese-made Viagra, the erectile dysfunction drug, was found to have drywall components in it.  Other drugs made in China have been found to contain none of the active ingredients required.

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