Q. When I buy plain aspirin there is no country of origin listed. When I call the 1-800 number, I'm promised a reply to this concern but the call is not returned.

Is there any aspirin made in the U.S. with American ingredients?

A. An expose in the New York Times Magazine (Nov. 2, 2008) revealed that there are no major generic aspirin manufacturers in Europe or the U.S. Most aspirin is now made in China.

Many over-the-counter medications as well as prescription drugs now come from manufacturers in China, India or other parts of Asia. If country of origin labeling is important for clothing and food, why wouldn’t it be even more critical for medicine?

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  1. S.R.
    Reply

    I am in total accord with you and I am going to write my Congressman on this. I am not a person who buys over-the-counter medicine, but thought that I would buy aspirin. I bought aspirin and realized that the distributors city and state were on the bottle of aspirin, but not the place that the aspirin was made or manufactured at.
    This is very alarming to me and ever more frightening is the fact that many products in this country reach store shelves without the consumer knowing where those products were made. Yet these over-the-counter medicines are ingested and no FDA regulations are making these imports state where the aspirin was manufactured at. Why is this being allowed to happen?

  2. RC
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    RMD | December 12, 2008 12:35 PM | Reply
    China has a history of food products contaminated with Melamine which ended in fatalities.
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    In those cases the Melamine was added to milk in order to cheat the testing device by causing a protein count to be indicated than was true for the watered down product being sold as milk.
    There is no need to cause Aspirin to appear to have a high protein count. As such, there is no reason to add Melamine to Aspirin.
    Having concern for the quality of Chinese products is legitimate; but, I would not fear Melamine in Aspirin, only in protein rich foods.

  3. AH
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    I find it incredible to believe that profit before people takes place with medicine. Labeling gives *people* the freedom of choice to economically support their own country, the product quality or other aspects that are affected by economic activity.
    Who is responsible for repealing labeling laws? At one time, all products had a mandatory country of origin. Today, imported goods and even medicines apparently aren’t even tested before being allowed into the American public’s stores.
    This needs to change now.

  4. Bill Ng
    Reply

    I guess it might be some contamination brought along the manufacturing of this medicine no matter where it is, which was or even now is not cost-wise or technically non-reducible. If this would be the case, no country wants to produce it in their home-land any more if there were other source would take up the risk and bear. But today Sep 2011 even my Chinese friend is asking me to source for that type of Aspirin made in USA! I don’t know where in HK some fresh one is available.

  5. LH
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    I use a baby aspirin every day – I checked with the various pharmacies with outlets in Raleigh NC and its environs and Walgreen’s assured me their aspirin was made in the US from US ingredients – I believed them, bought a bottle but nowhere does it say where it was made.
    I am so wary of anything manufactured in China that I would rather do without. The FDA can’t be trusted to watch over the what is manufactured in this country much less imports from all over the world, especially China and other third world countries.

  6. RMD
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    China has a history of food products contaminated with Melamine which ended in fatalities. All we need is one incident where a batch of aspirin made in China is contaminated with Melamine and it could cause thousands of deaths. When is the US government watchdog the FDA going to wake up!

  7. al
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    I find it unsettling that the products that are being made in China are hurting the American people. Is there any aspirin made in the US at all?
    Still it is our companies in China who are producing these products with cheap labor????

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