All anti-biotic drugs are now made in China. The NBC national news aired a report on Tuesday evening about how all anti-biotic drugs are now made in China. The pharmaceutical companies moved production to China to reduce cost and reduce prices. According to the report no anti-biotic drugs are now made in this country. I know what you are thinking. This is not possible. Yes it is possible. How do you think Fry’s or Costco or Sam’s Club can offer $4 prescriptions drugs. Once again according to the report it is not possible to make anti-biotic drugs in this country that sell at $4.00. What does this mean for the country?
People both inside and outside our government worry that this puts our country at a strategic disadvantage. To me their worry is justified. It is not hard to imagine China reducing or cutting off our supply of anti-biotic drugs to our military. Another scenario that is worrisome is a global pandemic. China’s current population is 1.4 billion people as compared to 330 million in the US. Would China send us drugs if their population is at higher risk than ours? There is a real possibility China would not or could not send us the drugs if their population is being decimated.
A question we should be asking our elected leaders is why this was allowed to happen. If I let my cynicism come out to play I would guess that the pharmaceutical manufactures gave political contributions to members of congress to let them do this. Of course this can never happen. Yeah, right.
This brings up another obvious question. If the drugs manufacturers are out sourcing to China, why are drugs so expensive. We are the only country that does not negotiate drugs prices on a national level. Congress passed a law in 2003 that forbad the government from negotiating lower drug prices. We are the only country that does not negotiate drugs prices on a national level. Why is this? See the previous paragraph. All anti-biotic drugs are now made in China. I am worried. A lot of very smart people are worried. You should be worried too.