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Monday, April 01, 2013

Fact of the day

“India and China together produce more than 80 percent of the active ingredients of all drugs used in the United States.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/02/business/global/top-court-in-india-rejects-novartis-drug-patent.html?hpw&_r=0 

I’m not reassured by this. I remember the quality control that allowed lead paint to be used on Mattell toys made abroad and other evidence that, when it comes to quality control, the ocean is wide and the corporate office is far away.

On the other hand, it’s the Tylenol plants right here in the US that trashed Johnson and Johnson’s (evidently completely undeserved) reputation for quality.