Manufactured in the USA
Why We Make AgeForce® Skin Patches In the USA
For your safety and to insure product quality and effectiveness our company sources raw materials exclusively from United States suppliers that operate USFDA-Certified facilities. For all of the reasons shown below, nothing is imported!
This page has a very small representative selection of recent magazine and newspaper stores about counterfeit drugs from overseas. But If you want do a search for Counterfeit Drugs you will get 332,000 results. If you narrow your search to Counterfeit Drugs China, you will get 103,000 results. That is scary stuff and it tells you why, unlike most other manufacturers, , we source, manufacture, and inspect in the USA!
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Herbal Supplements Are Often Not What They Seem
By Anhad O’Connor NY Times November 3, 2013
“Of 44 herbal supplements tested, one-third showed outright substitution, meaning there was no trace of the plant advertised on the bottle — only another plant in its place. Many were adulterated with ingredients not listed on the label, like rice, soybean and wheat, which are used as fillers. In some cases, these fillers were the only plant detected in the bottle — a health concern for people with allergies or those seeking gluten-free products, said the study’s lead author, This suggests that the problems are widespread and that quality control for many companies, whether through ignorance, incompetence or dishonesty, is unacceptable,” said David Schardt, a senior nutritionist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, an advocacy group."
2,000 Arrested in China in Counterfeit Drug Crackdown
By David Barboza Published: New York Times, August 5, 2012
SHANGHAI — Chinese government authorities have detained nearly 2,000 people as part of a nationwide crackdown on the sale of fake or counterfeit drugs and health care products, according to a report on Sunday from Xinhua, the official news agency.
Deal in Place for Inspecting Foreign Drugs
By Gardiner Harris, New York Times August 13, 2011
More than 80 percent of the active ingredients for drugs sold in the United States are made abroad, mostly in a shadowy network of facilities in China and India that are rarely visited by government inspectors, who sometimes cannot even find the plants.
F.D.A. Confronts Challenge of Monitoring Imports
(New York Times) June 20, 2011
A decade ago, the F.D.A. was responsible for policing six million shipments annually coming through 300 ports. This year, the number of shipments is expected to grow to 24 million, the report noted. The situation with drugs and medical devices is even more daunting. More than 80 percent of the active ingredients for drugs sold in the United States are made abroad — mostly in plants in China and India that are rarely inspected by the F.D.A. Half of all medical devices sold in the United States are made abroad. Many kinds of antibiotics, steroids, cancer medicines and even aspirin are no longer produced in the United States, or in many cases anywhere in the Western world.
Government investigators estimated in 2008 that the F.D.A. would need 13 years to check every foreign drug manufacturing plant, 27 years to check every foreign medical device plant and 1,900 years to check every foreign food plant at its rate of inspections at the time. And with imports growing faster than the agency’s inspection force, those numbers have only mounted.
Many popular over-the-counter medicines and vitamins are made almost entirely in Chinese plants that the F.D.A. has never inspected. Domestic suppliers often maintain that they test their imported ingredients rigorously, but such sampling is akin to testing a bucket of soil from a mountain, then declaring the entire mountain free of pollutants.
And once these products reach American shores, almost nothing is done. The F.D.A. has a few hundred inspectors — not even enough for every port. The most they know about the vast majority of imports is a brief description on a computer screen. They crack open a tiny fraction of all shipments and send to the agency’s laboratories an even tinier fraction. Less than one pound in a million of imported seafood even gets a visual inspection.
In China, Fear Of Fake Eggs And "Recycled" Buns
New York Times (May 8, 2011) Shanghai - On a bustling corner near downtown Shanghai recently, some shoppers avoided the steamed buns sold by Zhu Qinghe in a side-street cubby-hole. Instead, the bought the packaged buns in the freezer section of Hualian, a supermarket chain store in the same building..... Big Mistake! It has been two years since China's government, reeling from nationwide outrage over melamine-contaminated baby milk that sickened 300,000 infants and killed at least 6, declared food safety a national priority.
Combating Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals From China
ScienceDaily (July 17, 2007) — Agencies worldwide are cracking down on counterfeit pharmaceuticals, and much of the focus has been on China, where an official was recently executed for approving fake medicines. While most of these drugs reach consumers through online or illegal suppliers, there's a growing threat to outlets considered more safe, like the neighborhood pharmacy
More counterfeit drugs seen around the globe
Production and sale of counterfeit drugs is on the rise in rich and poor countries, with more unwary consumers buying them over the Internet, experts warned Wednesday.
Fake or substandard versions of medicines are often hidden in cargos taking circuitous routes to mask their country of origin as part of criminal activity worth billions, they add.
"They put people at risk of harm from medical products that may contain too much, too little, or the wrong active ingredient and/or contain toxic ingredients," said Margaret Hamburg, head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Health fears grow as fake drugs flood into Britain
Counterfeiting gangs based in China are producing sophisticated copies of the world's bestselling pharmaceuticals. In 2008 an estimated 8m of these potentially deadly pills found their way to NHS patients. The health of millions of people is at risk
Counterfiet Drugs: RX For Danger -= CBS News
(CBS) A Congressional committee heard testimony Thursday on counterfeit medicines—potentially harmful pharmaceuticals that doctors may unknowingly prescribe to American patients, CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports.
of counterfeit drugs."
China's battle with fake drugs
While China's pharmaceutical industry is experiencing rapid growth, a boom in counterfeit drugs is costing human lives and eroding the public's confidence in medical products.
'Among 32 drugstores in Nanjing [capital city of East China's Jiangsu Province] investigated by me in the past weeks, 22 are selling counterfeit drugs and health foods,' claimed Gao Jingde, a fake-drug investigator based in Shanghai.
A former senior employee in a Shanghai pharmaceutical trading firm, Gao began his investigations three years ago after he suffered from taking a counterfeit liver medicine.
National figures on fake drugs are unavailable, but according to a 2006 report released by London-based International Policy Network, between 200 000 and 300 000 people in China die from counterfeit or substandard medicine in China each year. Another report, Prescription Drug Counterfeiting, released by Dublin, Ireland-based company Research and Markets on 1 May, says that China has become a major source of counterfeit drugs in the international market.
Pharmacist Convicted of Purchasing Chinese Counterfeit Drugs – U.S. Department of Justice
HOUSTON, TX -- James George, a licensed pharmacist, was convicted by a jury's verdict of conspiracy to introduce in interstate commerce counterfeit and misbranded pharmaceutical drugs and trafficking in counterfeit drugs from China. United States Attorney Don DeGabrielle noted that the jury deliberated less than two hours before finding George guilty on all six counts alleged in the indictment. The verdict was returned on May 24, 2006.
At sentencing, which is scheduled for July 7, 2006, George faces a maximum of five (5) years imprisonment for the conspiracy conviction, three (3) years for the misbranding conviction, three (3) years each for the two counterfeiting of pharmaceutical drugs convictions and 10 years each for trafficking in counterfeit goods convictions. George also faces fines of $250,000 for the conspiracy count, $10,000 each for the misbranding and counterfeiting of pharmaceutical drugs, and $2,000,00 for each trafficking in counterfeit goods conviction.
Center For Medicine In The Public Interest – Peter Pitts
My name is Peter Pitts and I am President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest and a former Associate Commissioner of the Food & Drug Administration. During my tenure at the FDA, I was proud to have served on the agency’s Counterfeit Drug Taskforce.
When asked why he robbed banks, Willy Sutton, the depression-era desperado replied, "Because that’s where the money is." And, as former FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan used to say, if Sutton were alive today he’d be selling counterfeit prescription drugs.
Du Bin for The New York Times
Chemical country The Taixing countryside in eastern China, near the Yangtze Delta. Forty-six barrels of toxic syrup followed a path from a factory in the nearby small town of Hengxiang to Panama. Many of them are children, poisoned at the hands of their unsuspecting parents.
The syrupy poison, diethylene glycol, is an indispensable part of the modern world, an industrial solvent and prime ingredient in some antifreeze.
It is also a killer. And the deaths, if not intentional, are often no accident.
Over the years, the poison has been loaded into all varieties of medicine — cough syrup, fever medication, injectable drugs — a result of counterfeiters who profit by substituting the sweet-tasting solvent for a safe, more expensive syrup, usually glycerin, commonly used in drugs, food, toothpaste and other products.
Agency partners China on counterfeit drugs
Paul Orhii, the Director-General, National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), said on Monday that the agency was collaborating with China to fight importation of counterfeit drugs.