Drug Making's Move Abroad Stirs Concerns

You'd probably be concerned if you knew that the US was at the mercy of countries like China and India for many of your prescription medications. Yet, this is exactly the situation for many key drugs you might take for an infection, diabetes, or even high blood pressure. More than 85% of pharma plants producing off-patent medications are found overseas.

With China's melamine scandal fresh on everyone's minds (this toxic chemical was found in infant formula), drug safety is a primary concern. It's also scary to think that the US could be cut off from potentially lifesaving drugs, should a foreign country decide to scale back trade relations with us. The time necessary to build a new antibiotic plant on US soil? Two years.