FDA, Short On Funds Can’t Look For Deadly Drugs

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The FDA says it needs $70 million to inspect all of the foreign facilities it needs to so it can screen for dangerous drugs or drug components. The amount does not seem like much, unless you don’t have it. Tainted Heparin, a blood thinner, has killed over 80 Americans. So far the belief is that the ingredient causing the problem is from China.

According to The Wall Street Journal "The agency (FDA) would need about $15 million to inspect about 700 facilities in China alone, Marcia Crosse, Government Accountability Office’s health-care director said."

Given the nature of the threat, that does not seem like much.

Douglas A. McIntyre