Deal in Place for Inspecting Foreign Drugs

Publication: The New York Times

Author: Gardiner Harris


08/13/2011 - More than 80 percent of the active ingredients for drugs sold in the United States are made abroad, mostly in a shadowy network of facilities in China and India that are rarely visited by government inspectors, who sometimes cannot even find the plants.

But after decades of failed attempts, the federal government and the generic drug industry have reached an agreement that is almost certain to pass Congress and that will lead to routine inspections of these overseas plants, potentially transforming the enormous global medicine trade.

Under the landmark agreement, expected to be completed within weeks, generic drug companies — which make 75 percent of the prescription medicines sold in the United States — would pay $299 million in annual fees to underwrite inspections of foreign manufacturing plants every two years, the same frequency required of domestic plants.

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