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.

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  1. Jacob C.
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    My personal favorite is beef in grocery store’s marked “Product of USA, Canada or Mexico”.
    Which is it then? I call this NAFTA mystery beef.

  2. Robert
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    Wow. I always assumed they were made in the U.S., but I guess that was naive.

  3. CB
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    It’s all about Net Profit for the “Baker and the Candlestick Maker” (lobbyist) folks and there isn’t much we can do about it!!

  4. LA
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    It is hard enough to find out where prescription ingredients originate. This doesn’t even address the question of fillers. How to check on over-the-counter medications seems even more daunting. Even vitamins are made elsewhere, and there is no way to check on the fillers used in each capsule or pill.
    As for food, I noticed that all the frozen edamame (soybeans) in the case are now being shipped from China. This includes the frozen cases at Whole Foods!

  5. DD
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    Centrum Silver has removed “made in USA” from its label. Their question line representative said it was still made here. I suggested that if it is, it should be on the label. That is the one thing on the label that always differentiated it from the store brands.

  6. Greg Pharmacy Student
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    PRK,
    The FDA guarantees that ALL DRUGS foreign or made in the USA follow the SAME quality manufacturing. You too should hold foreign and USA made drugs to the same standard. So hold YOUR taxpayer funded FDA accountable.
    Contact the FDA directly:
    http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/ContactFDA/default.htm or 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332) — main FDA
    Contact Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
    Contact your elected official: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
    The squeaky wheel gets the oil; if YOU don’t speak up no one will.
    P.S. You can hold no one accountable though this website.

  7. PRK
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    Why don’t we start lobbying Congress with e-mails, FAX’s, and phone calls about this problem!
    There’s no quality control anymore when RX’s and over the counter medicines are made in foreign countries. I recently encountered a problem with the company MYLAN, sold at CVS. The prescription of generic diazepam was so weak it didn’t work. I had to get my doctor to give me another RX to fill it at another drugstore that carried another company’s RX brand. After doing quite a bit of research on the internet, I also called many RX companies to see where their brands are made. And you would be surprised how many ingredients for one pill comes from several countries.
    I’m sick of having to take medicines that have no USA quality control when made in another country. We definitely do not know what we are ingesting when it comes to our medicines; prescription or over the counter!
    Some of these drugs could be dangerous to us!

  8. D. R.
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    This is true of most products, not just medical. The products you buy don’t say where they were made. Many say: distributed by…. and give the name of the company or store where they are being sold. Makes it harder to boycott products not made in USA.

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