Risk taking prescription meds - Buyer Beware!!

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  1. LadyEagle

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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/16/AR2007061601295_pf.html

    Just last month, I complained to Walgreens when they filled my generic allergy medication with a manufacturer called Dr. Reddy. Being in the medical field, I immediately recognized that Reddy is an Indian name, so did a little web research. Sure enough, it's an Indian drug manufacturer. I called Walgreens and alerted the pharmacist who told me Walgreens doesn't import drugs from other countries. I asked her to go look on the bottle on her shelf and she came back astonished at what she found. I lodged a complaint and told her I wanted the RX filled with the prior manufacturer if she could get it, which she did.

    There is no doubt about it that Sam's Club and probably Walmart use these offshore drug manufacturers and that's why they offer the $4.00 generic drug prescriptions. Most consumers take their medications in good faith that they are getting high quality medications and would be just amazed to learn their generics are made in China or India or elsewhere. Some of the names of these companies are so "American sounding" and some of these foreign manufacturers are owned by American companies, so there is no fool proof way to know for sure unless you are willing to spend some time on the web researching the manufacturers of each and every company listed on your bottles of medications.

    My concern, as always, is that off shore companies do not undergo the same scrutiny as American companies. The above article I found today proves my suspicions all along have been right on target.

    What grieves me as an American consumer is that the Prescription Drug plans urge us to buy generics as the out of pocket costs on brand names is cost prohibitive for most people who take several maintenance medications, like for blood pressure, thyroid disorders, etc. Once again, American consumers are held hostage by the insurance companies and drug manufacturers and we really have little recourse. Another example why Free World Trade is to the detriment of American consumers. Thanks a lot, globalist Administration and Congress. [/rant]
     
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