Thursday, May 01, 2008

Here's more of that "comparative advantage" for you.

Heparin Contamination Fiasco Reveals Dirty Secret of Drug Industry:
Their Pills are Made in China!
Thursday, May 01, 2008 by: Mike Adams

...(NaturalNews) Remember a couple of years ago how the FDA warned Americans not to buy prescription drugs from Canada because they might be "contaminated by terrorists?" I'm not making that up: That was the official announcement of an FDA spokesperson, and it was part of their fear strategy for enforcing a monopoly on U.S. consumers so that Big Pharma could continue engaging in rampant price fixing.

The implication in that warning is that drugs purchased in the United States are therefore safer, correct? What the FDA didn't tell anyone, however, is that most pharmaceuticals purchased in the United States are manufactured outside the U.S.; many from China or Puerto Rico. So they're not even made in the U.S. anyway, and drug companies are simply importing them from other countries just like a consumer might do if she drove across the border and bought her medications in Canada or Mexico.

Enter the blood-thinning drug Heparin. This blood-thinning drug, made by Baxter International, was recently discovered by consumers to have been manufactured in China. Worse yet, the quality controls in China were so low that this FDA approved, brand-name prescription drug was apparently deliberately contaminated with an adulterated chemical that has now resulted in the death of dozens of consumers in the United States. Sound familiar? It's precisely the scenario dreamed up by the FDA to warn consumers away from pharmaceuticals purchased in Canada, Mexico or elsewhere. But guess what? It turns out that brand-name, FDA-approved prescription drugs sold at monopoly prices right here in the United States are adulterated too!

Three astonishing facts about brand-name pharmaceuticals
So far, then, there are three astonishing facts that have come out of this recent news about Heparin:

Fact #1: Most U.S. prescription drugs aren't even made in the U.S.

Fact #2: Many U.S. prescription drugs are made in China, a country widely known to have the lowest quality control standards in the world.

Fact #3: U.S. drug companies don't even run quality control checks on the drugs they import from China!

That third fact should send a chill up your spine. What it means is that U.S. drug companies contract with cheap, low-end Chinese chemical factories to manufacture their drugs at something like two cents a pill (which they can mark up to $20 a pill or more...), and then they import these Chinese-made pills and don't even test them before selling them to U.S. consumers!

If it wasn't for the fact that so many Americans have now died from this, the whole thing would be quite hilarious. Why? Because the FDA and Big Pharma are always running around touting how "safe" their products are while screaming about how dangerous herbs and supplements are. And yet nutritional supplement companies test their ingredients for contaminants with far greater frequency than drug companies. That Heparin contamination flap would never have happened to an honest nutritional supplement company because they're always testing their raw materials -- especially if they buy materials from China, which is known all over the world as the Capitol of Contamination!

How China could poison half the U.S. population
Now, remember the fictional terrorist plot I mentioned above that the FDA used to try to scare Americans away from buying pharmaceuticals from Canada? Well what if we someday have a military conflict with China, and the Communist leaders of that country decide to attack the American people through their pharmaceuticals? It would be a very simple matter for Chinese authorities to intentionally adulterate the drugs with mildly toxic ingredients or even biological agents (infectious diseases) that would sicken American consumers and start to spread through the population.

Since many drugs manufactured in China are not tested for contaminants, nobody in America would even have a clue! People would just pop their antidepressants, erection drugs, cholesterol drugs, heart medications and other pills, only to find that a few days later they were either sick or dead. With so many "American" drugs manufactured in China, our nation is vulnerable to a massive contamination attack.

Think about that the next time you pop a pill from Big Pharma. Do you really know where that pill came from? Do you really know whether it was ever tested? Chances are, it was made in China or Puerto Rico, under highly unsanitary factory conditions, and was never even tested before you bought it...

Not only is Big Pharma screwing you at the cash register, their obscene profits are made by farming out production to third world backwaters with no labour laws, no safety regulations, no oversight, and so on and so on. Comparative advantage? Not hardly. They manufacture those drugs in China et al. precisely because they don't have the laws and protections that American workers and American consumers have decided, with our laws, are required for the safe manufacture of these items and the safety of the consumers taking them, not to mention the rights of the persons employed at the plants, which we, in our Judeo-Christian culture, have agreed it is ethical to protect and unethical to violate.

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