Sunday, June 17, 2007

Tiger Penii Give It That Added Crunch

This Washington Post story ties in the quality control problems in China to the huge new market for generic drugs from India and China. Inspections from the FDA are nearly non existent, and the market is growing exponentially fast.

Here is where I am stumped. We can not import cheap drugs from Canada. The Bush administration says they can't be assured as being safe. The pharmaceutical industries profits have nothing to do with it. Yet at the same time, we are just hoping the Chinese manufacturers don't put fertilizer, or engine coolant in a growing number of generic medications. Maybe we should give them to our pets first to see if they are ok. No. Not really.

Unsafe isn't the only problem. No actual drug may be another. China is going through an unfettered capitalism phase. By this I mean, they have a lot of business people who are unencumbered by regulation so they may press some corn starch together and call it a blood pressure medication.

Let's let the market settle this one. Congress might revisit the Canadian drug issue on these grounds.

Oh, and most vitamins these days are being produced in China. Maybe there is some ground dehydrated tiger penis in the mix now for extra vitality. Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm.