Most Ingredients Of US Drugs Made Abroad

The drug inspector for the United States Food and Drug Administration reported that 80 percent of the active ingredient in medical drugs and 40 percent of all finished medical drugs are imported in to the United States from other countries. Due to the high level of imports, the potential risk for counterfeit drugs entering the supply chain is high.

After counterfeit drugs of heparin were imported from China in 2007, the FDA increased drug inspections in China from a few in 2007 to over 80 in 2010.

Source:Associated Press, “China cracks fake drug ring, seizing 114, as US FDA official urges vigilance,” Washington Post, October 31, 2011.