July 10, 2019
Should U.S. Health Care Depend on China?
Two new books expose the health dangers posed by the import of pharmaceuticals from the People's Republic of China. The dependence of America's medical system on products of questionable quality does not just endanger patients today, but risks long-term problems as the push for "Medicare for All" or some similar national health insurance scheme grows in popularity. The enormous costs of such a government-run program will pressure bureaucrats and politicians to embrace the continued outsourcing of drug production to low-cost foreign sites to keep budgets down. China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America's Dependence on China for Medicine by Rosemary Gibson and Janardan Prasad Singh is the latest work by two authors with a long record of pushing for improved safety protocols. Gibson is senior advisor at the Hastings Center Bioethics Research Institute and Singh is an economic advisor at the World Bank. Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom is by...(Read Full Article)