This Is How Bad The Pollution Is In India, Where Many Of Our Rx Are Made

“The majority of meds sold at local U.S. pharmacies are manufactured abroad and are then sold in the U.S. with a much higher price tag.” – PharmacyChecker.com

“Ninety percent of Rx consumed in the United States are generics, and the majority of them are produced overseas, mostly in India and China.” – Wired.com

“India’s poisonous air [is] responsible for the deaths of more than 100,000 children under five every year. The State of India’s Environment (SoE) Report found air pollution was responsible for 12.5 percent of all deaths in the country.” – CBS News 

Delhi — The air pollution in India’s capital got so bad again this week that the government was forced to close schools.

It was the second time in two weeks.

The air has been choked with a concentration of noxious pollutants about 10-times higher than what’s considered safe by the World Health Organization.

The smog is so thick and the levels of toxins so high that it’s a health threat not just for children, the elderly and those with underlying health problems, but for every single person exposed to the deadly air.

India’s pollution control authority ordered all schools in Delhi and its suburbs shuttered on both Thursday and Friday.

All industries running on coal and other fossil fuels were also asked to stay closed.

The timing this week was poignant. Children in the capital were stuck at home on November 14, celebrated every year in India as “Children’s Day.”

Some students wrote open letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that were picked up by Indian media.

Student Ishan Mahant said in his letter to the country’s leader:

“I used to enjoy soccer earlier but now I can only enjoy it on TV. I cannot play outside because the air is too toxic to breathe.”

The government was to decide on Monday whether to extend the two-week car rationing system that was put in place to halve the number of vehicles on Delhi’s roads.

The weekday restrictions, which allow cars with odd and even number license plates on the roads only on alternating days, were implemented when the pollution first spiked to record levels about 10 days ago.

The human impact

The air in Delhi is choked with smoke, largely from farm fires in neighboring states, and industrial and vehicle pollution. The levels of particulate matter — the tiny molecules that float around in the air and then get caught in people’s lungs — have been measured at nearly 10-times the safe limit … Read more. 

India Drug Manufacturers Dupe the FDA

Aug 78, 2019

Wired.com – In March of 2013, FDA investigators visited a facility in Maharashtra, India, operated by Wockhardt Ltd.

During the inspection, they noticed that an employee seemed to be attempting to smuggle a black bag out of the plant.

They chased him down a hallway and saw him hurl the bag into a stairwell. When the inspectors retrieved the bag, they found roughly 75 torn manufacturing records inside.

The records concerned the company’s insulin products. They showed that many of the vials Wockhardt had tested contained black metallic particles—which came from defective sterilizing equipment and were potentially deadly—and had failed visual inspection.

As the investigators followed the paper trail, they uncovered a formulation area that Wockhardt hadn’t disclosed to the FDA, where the company was using corroded sterilizing equipment to make both insulin and injectable adenosine, used to treat an irregular heartbeat. (The adenosine was destined for the US market.)

Wockhardt’s plant operators also served them “unsealed water bottles,” the report notes, “and each investigator developed stomach problems during the course of inspection.”

The vice president of manufacturing “appeared to be threatening investigators” when they refused to remove a finding from their report.

“It is suggested that an inspectional team perform the follow-up inspection with a clear emergency plan in place prior to arrival,” the investigators concluded.

Outcome

Two months after the inspection, the FDA restricted the import of drugs from this plant into the United States. With $100 million in drug sales at stake, Wockhardt’s CEO assured investors then that the company would bring the plant into compliance “in a month, or two months maximum.”

Six years later, the restriction remains in place. Wockhardt did not respond to requests for comment … Read more. 

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