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July 11, 2016
China is a major supplier of the active ingredients found in many of the prescription drugs that Americans use on a daily basis. However, it has come to light that some of these drug components aren’t being properly tested for safety, contamination or dosage effects. Big pharma saves quite a bit of money by outsourcing to China, but the pharmaceutical industry doesn’t seem particularly motivated to hold Chinese companies to a high standard.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently been forced to send a warning letter to the Shanghai company Tai Heng due to their systemic manipulation of key data and information. This fraudulent behavior has raised questions about the safety and quality of all Chinese products related to the pharmaceutical industry.
During a 2015 inspection of the Tai Heng plant, FDA inspectors uncovered processes that involved samples being routinely retested after failing to get acceptable re... until such results were obtained. The drug quality failures were also never investigated to determine cause. After retesting, analysts would then manipulate the results shown in their computer systems. Operators also created “mock” sheets to current batch records look acceptable, according to the FDA warning letter.
Before you throw out any of your old drugs, for any reason, reguardless of the source, remember this.
Years ago a very good drugist told me that any drug will ... let say weaken with time...
So let us say you had it for a whole year and are afraid to use it because. well because it may have a "BEST BEFORE Dtae and that passed 4 months ago.
Now the Drugist told me, "A well-made drug will weaken by about 5% after i year and will only be 95% effective after a year",..WOW.
And a 95% effective Aspen or a 95% Anti-depressant like Ziloth or whatever is still a valuable item in your medicine cabinet.
People who check their labels and throw out something that is a year old or past the Best Before Date and only 95% effective, or 2 years old and 90% effective are fools IMO.
Someday they may never be available when you have a splitting headache of and infection in your gall bladder or whatever.
Sure, after 20 years at -5% / year the drug would be 0% useful.
And BTY, flushing any drug down the toilet should be a serious criminal offence, But you already know that, Right?
Thanks Larry.. they do tend to hype up the expiration dates so we spend more to re0buy what we could have had and yes anything we flush we should wonder who's going to drink it next!