Q. Why don’t over-the-counter medications (such as famotidine) have to show who makes them or in what country they are made? Almost any other product, from shoes to bananas, must give this information. Is there a loophole in the law? This just infuriates me!
A. The law does not require country-of-origin labeling on medications. Ingredients in popular OTC products such as aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen are often manufactured abroad in countries like China or India. Prescription drugs are increasingly made overseas as well and it is hard to tell where such medicines originate. Any changes would require Congressional action.