Letter to the Editor: Drug Ingredients Are the Manufacturer’s Responsibility

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Letter to the Editor: Drug Ingredients Are the Manufacturer’s Responsibility

Wall Street Journal — Roger Bate understates the problem of drugs being sold in America made predominantly with ingredients sourced in foreign countries (“Beware the Risks of Generic Drugs,” op-ed, July 6). Of all prescription drugs sold in America, not just generic ones, 80% of the active ingredients are manufactured outside the country, increasingly in countries like China which don’t employ the same safety standards as the U.S.

Mr. Bate, whose organization advocates for free enterprise, is wrong to let American drug makers off the hook and place the onus for ensuring safety squarely on the foreign governments of the countries in which the ingredients are sourced.

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