The Safety Of Prescription Drugs Made Outside The U.S.
The head of the Food and Drug Administration just wrapped up a trip to India. This unusual visit abroad was to address growing concerns at the regulatory agency about the safety of prescription drugs made in India. In the last few months, the FDA has banned the importation of several popular drugs made there, like Accutane and Cipro. The U.S. has come to rely on medicine made overseas. Today, 80 percent of prescription drugs consumed in the U.S. originate in India and China. This has lowered costs, but raised new questions on safety. Diane and her guests discuss prescription drugs made outside the U.S.
director of the Center on Medical Product Access, Safety and Stewardship and professor of medicine at the Georgetown University Medical Center; attending physician, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Washington DC VA Medical Center. He was formerly chief scientist for the Food and Drug Administration.
commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.
South Asia correspondent for The New York Times. He is the author of the mystery novel "Hazard."
director of drugs and medical devices, The Pew Charitable Trusts.