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Widespread Fraud in the Generic Drug Industry

sos007
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"Generics are supposed to be this great leveler. It's like the democratization of drugs that the rich and the poor alike can have access to for these great cures. To find out...that the companies cashing in on that image are really selling that short in a very devious way, is painful to realize. It's a real great public health hope that has a very dark underbelly." — Katherine Eban, author of the book: 'Bottle of Lies'.

I recently listened to a very informative podcast on the Dr. Peter Attia - The Drive podcast about the generic drug industry. The discussion was with investigative journalist Katherine Eban who shed light on this industry and identified some incredibly dangerous practices, as well as shortcomings at the FDA.

A large percentage of generic drugs sold in the US were sourced in India and China where quality control was severely lacking and worse, fraud was widespread.

I encourage all those interested to either read the book or listen to this podcast:

peterattiamd.com/katherinee...

Once you click on the link, scroll down to the audio player to listen or download.

The book is widely available including on Amazon.

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Adaboo

I’ve experienced this along with many others with a generic med I was given for dystonia. Loads more people complained this particular brand wasn’t working as symptoms were coming back thick and fast. It doesn’t surprise me at all if it’s widespread.

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sos007
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It is a very disturbing situation.

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johnally

60 minutes reported on this 10 years or more ago. Their report centered on the generic industry in India. Some of the generic pills were tested and I remember one generic for Diabetes was found to have no essential ingredients in it for that condition ,there were many more that had the exact same useless composite. This is the same with many adulterated spices that are imported but that's another story.

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sos007
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Yet governments suggest to consumers that the generic brands are the same and in some government-run healthcare systems as in Canada where seniors don't pay for medications, the government has mandated a 'generic only' policy.

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