Contaminated Medicine Recall

@nova1945 (1614)
United States
March 10, 2008 3:21pm CST
The FDA has recalled almost all batches of the blood thinner Heparin due to contaminated ingredients. The ingredients came from (you guessed it) China. They have linked the ingredients in this medicine to 19 deaths and health complications. What is going on? First the pet food, then toothpaste, then lead paint in children's toys, and now medicine. All made in China! Is it just the lure of the all-important extra dollar that makes quality control an after thought, or is there a pattern beginning to emerge? Am I just being paranoid?
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@MelanieW (66)
• Indonesia
11 Mar 08
I do agree with you, they should have a quality control to make sure no other chemical involved in the medicine. We can imagine how bad the effect will be.
@Foxfire1875 (2011)
11 Mar 08
You are not being paranoid Nova1945 and I don't want to scare you but I just watched a programme on fakes and there are now fake prescription medicines in pharmacies. They are so good, no one can tell the difference. Part of the blame must lie with the companies who chose to outsource to Far East countries but also to our obsession low prices and making money, which isn't a bad thing but when people lives are being put at risk. We have to ask ourselves is capitalism worth it.
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
11 Mar 08
Yes. I've heard of that. Especially with those online pharmacies. It's really scary that big companies won't give up some of that extra profit for the sake of public safety. I thought about not buying anything made in China, but that's nearly impossible. It seem even if the product isn't made there, many of the ingredients are imported from there and the manufacturer doesn't have to disclose that little tidbit on their labels.
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@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
17 Mar 08
When that news came out, it did catch my eye pretty hard. I have been on heparin several times. And even just knowing it has pig's intestines in it makes me nauteous. But in general, yes there have been several flaws they have found from China. But I can't blame them all. If we did the percentage or ratio of all products we get from what country, it would probably lower a lot, since we get almost everything from that country. And things we get from our own country, I'm sure there are many things that happen too.
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
17 Mar 08
Good point. Maybe there has just been more media attention to that one lately. But I can't recall so much really dangerous ingredients from our own country lately. Not that they don't try to cut corners, I think our inspections are more regulated here. Since most of the companies are U.S. companies outsourcing to China, I think they need to step up their game even if they aren't located here.
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I do wonder if the other meds in the same family also have (sorry slightly off your main subject) pig intestines or other animal parts in it. Lovenox is the home taken version of Heparin. So I wonder. It doesnt' say on the box they come in.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I wonder why we even need to import these things anyway. We have the technology to do it right here, so why is this happening? How can it be cheaper to get somewhere else after figuring in the cost of import? Our meds need to be made to our standards. The only way to ensure/enforce that is to have them made right here at home.
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
17 Mar 08
It has a lot to do with the trade agreements our fearless leader granted some other countries. And also all the tax breaks that are given to companies whether they stay in the U.S. or not. Then there is the incredibly low cost of labor in other countries. So in the long run, it is much less expensive to do business elsewhere and then bring the finished product home and charge as much as the traffic will bear for it. We are supposed to have proper inspections of these products everywhere, but it is not happening until something terrible happens and everyone involved is put in the spotlight. Look at all the problems Matel had over Christmas with the lead paint on toys. No one was checking.