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Are Generic-Drugs Failing Us?

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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:, 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?

Are Generic-Drugs Failing Us?

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2016). Are Generic-Drugs Failing Us?. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 22, 2020, from


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