(7-31-19) USA: Economic and Security Review Commission Holds Hearing, “Exploring the Growing U.S. Reliance on China’s Biotech and Pharmaceutical Products”–

(7-31-19) USA/CHINA: Economic & Security Review Commission Holds Hearing, “Exploring the Growing U.S. Reliance on China’s Biotech and Pharmaceutical Products”–

Rosemary Gibson is the Senior Advisor at the Hastings Center, the world’s first bioethics research institute, founded in 1969 as “a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of research scholars from multiple disciplines, including philosophy, law, political science, and education.” She is the author of “China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine.” Here are the key points of her testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission:

“Medicines Can Be Used as a Strategic and Tactical Weapon Against the United States…”

Rosemary Gibson,
July 31, 2019
Senior Adv
isor of The Hastings Center

 National Health Security at Risk

1. The U.S. Has Lost Virtually All of Its Industrial Base to Make Generic Antibiotics…
2. Beyond Antibiotics, the U.S. Industrial Base for Generic Drug Manufacturing Is on the Brink of Collapse. Generic Drugs are 90 Percent of the Medicines Americans Take…
3. If China Shut the Door on Exports of Medicines and Their Key Ingredients and Raw Materials, U.S. Hospitals and Military Hospitals and Clinics Would Cease to Function Within Months, if Not Days…
4. Presently, the pharmaceutical and chemical industry’s successful requests to the U.S. Trade Representative not to impose tariffs on medicinal products made in China corroborate that much of the US industrial base, and our self-sufficiency in manufacturing products essential for life, has collapsed…
5. As the U.S. Rapidly Loses Control Over the Production and Supply of Vital Medicines, It Loses Control Over the Price of Medicines Consumers and Hospitals Pay…
6. Risks of Contaminated and Potentially Lethal Medicines Are Increasing…
7. The FDA Cannot Fix the Underlying Cause of These Threats to National Health Security…
8. More than 10 Percent of Generic Drugs Tested Do Not Meet Quality Standards…
9. Procurement of Medicines from Trustworthy Manufacturers Based on Value, Not Cheap, is the Antidote to Threats.

National Security Risks

1. Medicines Can Be Used as a Strategic and Tactical Weapon Against the United States…
2. Dependence on China is a Risk to the U.S. Military, Combat Readiness, and Force Protection…

3. No one in the federal government is responsible for knowing who controls the U.S. supply of medicines…
4. Medicines should be treated as a strategic asset similar to oil and other energy supplies and agricultural commodities such as wheat and corn.

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