Drugs, Supplements Come to U.S. from China Largely Unregulated

Publication: The Kansas City Star

Author: Steve Everly

11/06/2010 - Dietary supplements and prescription drugs are pouring in from China, but U.S. regulators are not ensuring their quality, safety or proper labeling.

Federal regulators have inspected only a fraction of the hundreds of Chinese factories making prescription drugs for the U.S. market, a new report from the Government Accountability Office says.

Consumers can’t tell where imported drugs and dietary supplements are made because country-of-origin labeling laws are not being enforced.


A bill also has been offered in Congress that could help the FDA be able to inspect more plants in China. The proposal, backed by a group spawned by The Pew Charitable Trusts to promote drug safety, would bolster the FDA’s ability and authority to regulate overseas factories making prescription drugs and ingredients.

“This is unfinished business that needs to get done,” said Allan Coukell, a pharmacist and executive director of the Pew Prescription Project.

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