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Per my pledge on air, here is the FDA notice.

Here is the most recent Baxter press release.

UPDATE: Another e-mail:

Hugh,
Interesting listening to people call in and wondering how much China is involved with US medications. I know someone very well working in the generic over the counter medication industry.
The US imports massive amounts of ingredients which go into MOST over the counter medications.Over the counter for just about everything you would get at Wal-Mart, Costco, Walgreens etc. All for colds, flu, allergies, and on and on. The all have ingredients all mixed in China. US companies can not make over the counter medications in the country today without China.
We as a nation we would be shocked as to what is in our medications which are made in China. Again, not made in china, but imported ingredients all from China.
John
Venice, CA

Given the furious reaction among callers/e-mailers to the idea that medicines –not toys or dog food,, but medicine– is outsourced to China, watch this story very carefully. The plaintiffs’ bar may finally be about to tackle a problem that really does need fixing –imposing quality control on off-shore pharma manufacturing.

I have to think every American pharma company is ordering snap inspections of all its off-shore manufacturing in the aftermath of this story.

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