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China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America's Dependence on China for Medicine

China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America's Dependence on China for Medicine
 

Millions of Americans are taking prescription drugs made in China and don't know it-- and pharmaceutical companies are not eager to tell them. This probing book examines the implications for the quality and availability of vital medicines for consumers --Provided by publisher.

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ISBN 9781633883819
Barcode 9781633883819
Published 15 April 2018 by Misc - United Book Distributor
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Gibson, Rosemary
By Singh, Janardan Prasad
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ISBN-13 9781633883819
ISBN-10 1633883817
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
Imprint Prometheus Books
Publication Date 15 April 2018
International Publication Date 17 April 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Gibson, Rosemary
By Singh, Janardan Prasad
Category Medicine: General Issues
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 27mm
Weight 517g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress United States, China, Drug control, Ethics, Pharmaceutical Preparations
NBS Text Current Affairs & Issues
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 338.476151
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Millions of Americans are taking prescription drugs made in China and don't know it-- and pharmaceutical companies are not eager to tell them. This probing book examines the implications for the quality and availability of vital medicines for consumers.Several decades ago, penicillin, vitamin C, and many other prescription and over-the-counter products were manufactured in the United States. But with the rise of globalization, antibiotics, antidepressants, birth control pills, blood pressure medicines, cancer drugs, among many others are made in China and sold in the United States. aaaa China's biggest impact on the US drug supply is making essential ingredients for thousands of medicines found in American homes and used in hospital intensive care units and operating rooms. aaaa The authors convincingly argue that there are at least two major problems with this scenario. First, it is inherently risky for the United States to become dependent on any one country as a source for vital medicines, especially given the uncertainties of geopolitics. For example, if an altercation in the South China Sea causes military personnel to be wounded, doctors may rely upon medicines with essential ingredients made by the adversary. Second, lapses in safety standards and quality control in Chinese manufacturing are a risk. Citing the concerns of FDA officials and insiders within the pharmaceutical industry, the authors document incidents of illness and death caused by contaminated medications that prompted reform. aaaa This is a disturbing, well-researched book and a wake-up call for improving the current system of drug supply and manufacturing.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review If a nation's supply chain of critical equipment is not secure, then one must ask just how secure the nation is. Rosemary Gibson and Janardan Prasad Singh do an outstanding job of guiding the reader through the inherent risk to the United States to become dependent on any one country, such as China, as a source for vital medicines, and the risks from weak enforcement of safety standards and quality control by foreign manufacturers. --Maj. Gen. Larry J. Lust, US Army (ret.)

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Author's Bio

Rosemary Gibson has been credited with creating national movements for safer, more humane health care. Her first book, Wall of Silence, with co-author Janardan Prasad Singh, put a human face on medical mistakes, launching a national campaign to improve the safety of America's health care. Gibson worked with Bill Moyers on the PBS documentary On Our Own Terms. She is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is also the founding editor of a narrative series in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. She is senior advisor at the Hastings Center and the 2014 winner of the highest honor from the American Medical Writers Association. She is also the author, with Janardan P. Singh, of three other books on health care. Janardan Prasad Singh is economic advisor at the World Bank. He designs strategies to strengthen economic development, health care, global trade, and national security for countries around the world. He has served as an advisor to prime ministers of India on national security affairs. Formerly, he was a member of the Board of Contributors of the Wall Street Journal.

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