For years Americans have purchased pharmaceuticals from Mexico and Canada because they are so much cheaper there.  Their governments provide Universal Health Care and their governments bargain for the best prices.  We have been repeatedly warned not to buy medications from these countries  because the pharmaceutical companies say the drugs cannot be trusted.

So, what happens when the pharmaceutical companies farm out drug production to the third world.  I had published blogs years ago about Baxter, who outsourced the production of Heparin to China.  The conditions under which this drug is produced are horrendous.

Here we are again.  The only difference is that this time it was India…

This is an official CDC Health Advisory

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting healthcare professionals not to use certain intravenous (IV) bags of metronidazole, ondansetron, and ciprofloxacin because of potential contamination. FDA has received reports of floating matter in IV bags manufactured by Claris Lifesciences Limited, in Ahmedabad, India.

Only metronidazole, ciprofloxacin, and ondansetron in IV bags sold under the Claris, Sagent, Pfizer, and West-Ward Pharmaceuticals labels are affected. Claris is initiating a recall of all lots of these products. These products were all manufactured on the same production line.

This is just another example of outsourcing products to the third world and then selling them back here at the same price as when they were actually made here.

We must stop this greed.  It can actually kill us.

Metronidazole and ciprofloxacin are antibiotics used to treat a variety of infections. Ondansetron is an antiemetic used to treat nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy or surgery.  A complaint of white matter in a bag of metronidazole was received, and subsequent microbiological analysis identified the matter as a Cladosporium mold. Molds of this type can cause infections in susceptible patients, such as immunocompromised individuals. Another complaint of white matter in a bag of ondansetron was received and that bag is currently under analysis. Foreign matter should not be present in a sterile injectable product.

Who needs terrorists?