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  •  Another area for investigation (14+ / 0-)
    I have to take daily medication for a chronic, incurable condition.  Lately I've noticed the medication isn't working as well as it used to.  I mentioned this to my doctor, who said that several of his patients had told him the same thing.  Both he and I suspect the medications have been adulterated, probably for profit-related reasons.  I'm not sure who in is charge of seeing that what drug manufacturers sell is what they're supposed to sell - I suspect it's some branch of the FDA.  Maybe now they could be persuaded to look into this and similar problems, instead focusing on anti-consumer actions like the stevia issue.  

    My doctor also told me that the active ingredients in drugs are allowed to be within a range (85% pure and up I think he said), according to regulations now on the books.  I can't imagine that it's so difficult to manufacture these substances so that they need such a huge tolerance, something so variable and unpredictable interferes with maintaining the right drug concentration in the bloodstream.  

    I hope someone at the FDA gets on these two issues.  If anyone else is having these same problems and is willing to go public, I think class actions are a possibility.

    Sorry, I don't date Republicans.

    by wiseacre on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 09:32:17 AM PST

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    •  If it is generic (9+ / 0-)

      you can probably count on it having a Chinese origin.

      Medicine does vary in potency.

      I had an American endodontist who used anesthetics that were not nearly as good as my regular American dentist used even 10 years ago.

      I told him, and he was still using the stuff the next time I visited him.

      It was far inferior to what my Mexican dentista uses, which worked as well as the traditional stuff my American dentist once used before he switched to a newer anesthetic that wears off much more quickly and gently.

      Your Bush-run FDA might have gotten around to actually checking about one percent of the drugs used.

      The NY Times had an article about a year ago showing how the raw material for heparin was prepared in China.

    •  I have experienced the same issue (4+ / 0-)

      this year with Toprol XL-when the generic (metoprolol extended release) became available the potency clearly was decreased compared to the brand name product.  BTW, there were a lot of recalls recently from one of the generic metoprolol manufacturers mandated by the FDA becuase of purity issues.  But I never saw this make the national news, only the pharma trade publications.

      With several generic meds that I take I have noticed marked differences in acivity (or even in how well the pill stays together) between the drug from one generic manufacturer and another.  And it is difficult to get the same manufacturer since the big distributors seem to buy from whatever lot is cheapest.  But I think it is outrageous when there are recalls that are not publicized to the consumer.

      Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

      by barbwires on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 03:14:35 PM PST

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