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Ranbaxy Import Ban Could Make Some Drug Shortages Worse

 Recent FDA action may exacerbate some drug shortages. The agency inspected a manufacturing facility in Punjab, India, operated by the giant drug company Ranbaxy. Inspectors found so many shortcomings in quality control that they have banned further imports from this plant until the deficits are corrected.

Since other Ranbaxy manufacturing facilities were already covered by a consent decree due to fraud, forgery and failure of good manufacturing practices, this puts the firm in a difficult position. Its production of medications such as the cholesterol-lowering drug atorvastatin, the antibiotic doxycycline and the anti-anxiety agent lorazepam will be set back for some time.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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I REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND why the USA don’t bring back these companies here and give jobs to people who need them. I know the big pharma are not going to get happy losing money if they do that (since the people in India and China earn 10 X less than the US). Still it will be save and better for America. THEY keep saying that generics are better?? when we keep saying that are not? and probably some possible are toxic and poisonous?
When I was first diagnose with diabetes, the medicine I got -metformin – stank and smelled horrible, (like urine) really bad
even my body smelled that after taking it. I kept asking my doctor and he keep saying that was normal… I have to take it with juice. finally they changed the company and it was ok, I think they were doing something wrong… and the doctors some time and some of them are idiots.
He’s supposed to know better since I never had one before… and he kept telling me to take them anyway!!

Could this be the reason the thyroid med I take and also the vicodin doubled in price? The pharmacist told me the had to raise the salaries of the workers! I actually laughed at him. The excuse for the doubling could be that they had to change manufacturer. They made a big deal out of taking some of the Tylenol out of the vicodin witch could be a good thing if they told you how much additional Tylenol to take. Now people may be taking more than necessary. We need to have the meds we take manufactured where they can be screened by the FDA. That means the good old USA..

Why can’t the generic drugs be manufactured in the U.S.? Would it cost much more or does it have to do with profits?

Maybe this will make Americans do more research before starting on a drug. No other country in the world is on more drugs per person than we are and most of them are more healthy. Stop listening to the drug commercials and wake up America!!!!

Thank goodness, the FDA finally acted in our behalf!! Low bidders are not the proper sources for our critical medications!

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