Widespread manufacturing irregularities at generic drug factories around the world are endangering America’s health and costing consumers a bundle, according to a top doctor.
The vast majority of prescription drugs sold in the U.S. – 86 percent –are generic and the recalls keep coming – proof that these drugs are posing public health risks, Chauncey Crandall, M.D. tells Newsmax Health.
“This is a very scary problem and it’s not getting better; it’s getting worse,” adds Dr. Crandall, chief of the cardiac transplant program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Two weeks ago, the Indian company Sun Pharma recalled more than 216,000 bottles of drugs after trace elements of the chemical benzophenone were found in the medications. That recall included 187,106 bottles of felodipine (Plendil), a blood pressure medication, and 29,660 bottles of the antidepressant imipramine (Tofranil.)