Excellent book well written and informative. With all that’s going on in the world it’s interesting to read a book so well researched and eye opening about the drug industry. Don’t take anything for granted. Stay informed. -Amazon Reviewer
Health Care Roulette:
What’s In Your Prescription Bottle?
In COVID-19, the world is experiencing its worst public health disaster and global pandemic since the Flu of 1918. Disparities that parallel the social determinants of health are evident in the disproportional rates of morbidity and mortality among vulnerable populations including African Americans and Latinos. COVID-19 is a lethal pathogen and those with comorbid conditions including diabetes, heart disease, asthma and COPD are at increased risk of succumbing to the disease.
As the global economy came to a halt, so did the drug supply chain. Shelves of pharmacies became immediately barren of critical antibiotics, antivirals, anti-hypertensives and other lifesaving drugs that are manufactured in China and India. Furthermore, a great majority of these imported drugs are non-bioequivalent to the innovator products, thus rendering them adulterated and misbranded by FDA standards. Our nation’s heath and our national security are at extreme risk.
This time, the stoppage of the drug supply chain was due to COVID-19. Next time, China may intentionally halt shipments of all medications, leaving our citizens, including our military, in peril. With the vast majority of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) originating from China, the world would be forced to its knees, without a shot being fired. Adding fuel to the fire are Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), middlemen who are responsible for unaffordable copays at the pharmacy counter. When patients cannot afford to take their medications due to cost, adherence decreases. Morbidity (disability) and mortality (death) subsequently increase.
Desperate senior citizens on fixed incomes, as well as diabetics that cannot afford their insulin, unwittingly turn to Canada as cheaper source of medications. However, just because a drug may appear to ship from Canada, it is very likely a counterfeit knockoff, concocted in a faraway land by some guy in his bathtub, with an oar. The FDA is our protector and savior, but the FDA has little authority outside of the United States.
Overseas pharmaceutical manufacturers do not follow Good Manufacturing Practices and often fabricate their quality assurance data, flooding U.S. pharmacies with deadly non-bioequivalent medications that have already killed many. Samuel Hopkins Adams was a muckraker during the Patent Medicine Era. His book “The Great American Fraud” which exposed the unregulated drugs being promoted before the existence of the FDA, is mirrored in today’s “Great Generic Fraud”, as described in Health Care Roulette.
One overseas generic drug company was recently found to have “Flies too numerous to count” in their manufacturing facility and had forged all of its batch records to make its quality assurance records appear to be within FDA specifications. Many overseas pharmaceutical manufacturers have NEVER been inspected by the FDA. The rodents frolic in fetid puddles, while the mosquitoes and flies playfully buzz overhead. The United States must immediately reclaim our generic drug manufacturing industry.
Our national security and our lives depend upon it. If you want to stay alive, do not take medications that were manufactured overseas in filthy conditions without FDA inspection!
I am Diabetic and need drugs to keep my blood sugar levels stable and in the “acceptable” range.
When Covid started, one of the first things that happened was the Pharmacies in my area cut their hours to less than half. They would only fill one month of a prescription at a time (formerly up to six months) AND they could NOT fill many prescriptions at all. For example my usual high blood pressure medication became unavailable … the reason they gave me was “the manufacturer” was not shipping. In addition to all this, it now took four to five days to fill a prescription, something which “used” to take two hours.
To say I was “concerned” would be the understatement of the decade!
I purchased this book to find out MORE … and what an education I got! LOL when I first looked at the table of contents, I was sure I would skip the “history” chapters. Turned out I read every word … fascinating!
I had NO idea that many (ALL? Most?) of my medications came from China or India. I had vague information about counterfeit drugs, but no real understanding of how the scamsters worked and that it was such a HUGE problem for the elderly.
I immediately made sure to tell all the older folks in my family to NEVER order online and to only get their drugs at reputable Pharmacies.
The sad thing is even reputable Pharmacies can be handing out “defective” drugs and not even be aware of it.
The two steps I will be taking … is to stockpile my drugs when possible … and to start screaming and yelling at any and all my elected representatives to FIX the mess we are in. We are FAR too vulnerable to the machinations of other countries!
GET THIS BOOK so you know and understand what is happening in the drug industry. This is YOUR HEALTH we are talking about. Give the information (send them a copy of the book) to all of the older folks in your family … and start lobbying your political representatives. -Amazon Reviewer