If you did not know where your generic meds came from or if you were like me and thought they were made here (in the USA) – You NEED to read this article by Anna Edney and Drew Armstrong: Generic-Drug Failures Spur Concern as FDA Steps Up Action
“U.S. regulators are mobilizing to shore up confidence in America’s generic-drug supply as alarm grows over the quality of products made in India, and the head of the largest U.S.-based maker of the medicines predicted more trouble lies ahead.”
In the the above-mental health humor cartoon: Over-Medicated.com, I focus on the word “mob”-ilizing for obvious reasons. Still, I was a bit shocked to learn that as much as 1/4 of our generic medication/drugs are from India.
“Indian companies supply a quarter of the medicines used in the U.S. In 2012, $260.8 billion were spent on prescription drugs in the U.S. with $30 billion for generic medicines, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and data compiled by Bloomberg.”
What is even less settling is that over the past nine months, the FDA has banned four Indian plants from selling to the USA.
I need to do more research. I want to know what medication(s) were/are affected. I’m going to start asking WHERE the (my specific) meds are manufactured. I’m sure there are great companies in India. Every time I get a bottle of medication, I get all these papers with each prescription. I’m just wondering where the (generic-brand) manufacturer is listed in all the paper work. If that information is not disclosed, shouldn’t it be?
African American Teacher: Chato here’s some “history” – while “we” have a high record of homicides committed with a firearm. White Americans hold the record for firearm suicide! That’s ever since they started Stats. I’m terrified of the day you realize the gun turns the other way!!!
Caption: African American History and Suicide Prevention
Thirty Two years ago the New York Times ran an article were a Dr. Richard H. Seiden, professor of behavioral sciences at the University of California’s School of Public Health in Berkeley:
” suggested that among blacks ”only the strongest survive.” They, he said, ”are probably very different than the whites whose advancement to old age is not so keyed to survival of the strongest.” The black elderly, he said, feel ”a triumph in surviving against adversity.”Dr. Seiden said, the loss of status – a factor not shared by many white women and nonwhites because the effects of discrimination gave them little status to lose -appears to be a major cause of the higher suicide rates.”
“By JOSEPH WILLIAMS STRIKING differences in the suicide rates for various ethnic groups in the United States are shown by Government statistics of recent years. Whites are increasingly likely to take their own lives as they grow older while the suicide rate among blacks and some other minority groups peaks in the 20′s and then declines. Among middle-aged and elderly Americans, the overall suicide rate for whites is about three times the rate for blacks. For example, the 1978 figures from the National Center for Health Statistics show 40.8 suicides for every 100,000 white men 65 years of age and older as against 12.1 for nonwhites. For white women the rate was 7.9, compared with 3.1 for nonwhites.” – New Times February 9, 1982 Science
Well, it’s been 32 years and the black/white ratio has not changed much. Over that time period, we have seen the computer age go from big bulky word processors to super computers to smart phones -tablets. The data collecting is better now then it was 32 years ago, and still white Americans lead the pack …