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#4661398 - 02/09/18 09:15 PM Medicine from China
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Registered: 04/19/14
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Wanted to gather opinions out there. I bought some generic Tylenol at a Walmart the other day. After I took a couple of tabs I was reading the label. Made in China! Most generic OTC drugs are made in the US, India or Israel. The big Pharma companies have brand name drugs made in India so there are standards there. Also in Israel. But China??
I don't think I'll take anymore of this "Tylenol".
Would you????

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#4661407 - 02/09/18 09:23 PM Re: Medicine from China [Re: loneryder]
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Is it the in-house "Equate" brand of Walmart? Or distributed by someone else?

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#4661410 - 02/09/18 09:25 PM Re: Medicine from China [Re: loneryder]
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You would be surprised at how much pharma comes from places like Pakistan, Sri Lanka , etc.
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#4661411 - 02/09/18 09:28 PM Re: Medicine from China [Re: loneryder]
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While I would kinda sorta trust Walmart to inspect and monitor something like this, I wouldn't. I do a lot of business in China and I bring suitcase loads of different items to them because they don't trust their own products. For instance I bring a lot of baby formula each trip out there. I would never buy any pet food or treats from China either. Of course as I say this, I use Chinese toothpaste every day and have for years so you are probably ok smile
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#4661415 - 02/09/18 09:29 PM Re: Medicine from China [Re: ZeeOSix]
loneryder Offline


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Originally Posted By: ZeeOSix
Is it the in-house "Equate" brand of Walmart? Or distributed by someone else?


Yes Equate brand. First time I've seen Equate stuff from there.

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#4661416 - 02/09/18 09:30 PM Re: Medicine from China [Re: loneryder]
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Dr Reddy (india) and Teva (Israel) are two of the biggest generic makers.

I've inspected 5 drug substance factories in China. 3 were really good. 2 not so good.

The standards are enforced by FDA. They do a pretty good job of policing. J&J had their own issues in their Tylenol McNeil plant in Pennsylvania.

http://money.cnn.com/2011/03/10/news/companies/johnson_mcneil_fda_action/index.htm
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#4661420 - 02/09/18 09:34 PM Re: Medicine from China [Re: c502cid]
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Originally Posted By: c502cid
While I would kinda sorta trust Walmart to inspect and monitor something like this, I wouldn't. I do a lot of business in China and I bring suitcase loads of different items to them because they don't trust their own products. For instance I bring a lot of baby formula each trip out there. I would never buy any pet food or treats from China either. Of course as I say this, I use Chinese toothpaste every day and have for years so you are probably ok smile

That's interesting that they don't trust their own products. I have received quality manufactured stuff from China but I don't think they have any oversight on drugs etc. They counterfeit a lot of stuff.

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#4661421 - 02/09/18 09:36 PM Re: Medicine from China [Re: loneryder]
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So would anybody take this drug?

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#4661426 - 02/09/18 09:41 PM Re: Medicine from China [Re: Leo99]
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I was in Pharma sales to Veterinarians and we found that base chemicals/compounds from China were very inferior to the ones from Europe and the US. When the patent was up on Frontline Flea and Tick product, generics hit the market right away. Our base ingredient Fipronyl came from BASF in Germany. The generics came from China and they did not work. None of them.
You get what you pay for!

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#4661427 - 02/09/18 09:41 PM Re: Medicine from China [Re: loneryder]
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A lot of antibiotics are made in China.
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#4661440 - 02/09/18 10:01 PM Re: Medicine from China [Re: loneryder]
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I get my dog Heartgard out if Australia because the vet wants to rip me on a test and physical for the dog every 6 months. I don't even get a physical every 6 months.
Why Heartgard and flea medication is a perscription for animals is beyond me except $$$$.
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#4661445 - 02/09/18 10:05 PM Re: Medicine from China [Re: loneryder]
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Originally Posted By: loneryder
Originally Posted By: ZeeOSix
Is it the in-house "Equate" brand of Walmart? Or distributed by someone else?


Yes Equate brand. First time I've seen Equate stuff from there.


I would think Walmart ensures their "Equate" branded stuff is good. Maybe email Walmart and ask how they ensure Equate products like what you bought and made in China are monitored for quality, etc.

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#4661481 - 02/09/18 11:02 PM Re: Medicine from China [Re: loneryder]
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I wouldn't have bought it in the first place.

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#4661483 - 02/09/18 11:04 PM Re: Medicine from China [Re: JHZR2]
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Originally Posted By: JHZR2
I wouldn't have bought it in the first place.


LOL, agreed..I don't think anyone in this house takes "pain relief"

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#4661496 - 02/09/18 11:26 PM Re: Medicine from China [Re: loneryder]
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Registered: 10/13/14
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Loc: San Antonio, TX
Originally Posted By: loneryder
Originally Posted By: c502cid
While I would kinda sorta trust Walmart to inspect and monitor something like this, I wouldn't. I do a lot of business in China and I bring suitcase loads of different items to them because they don't trust their own products. For instance I bring a lot of baby formula each trip out there. I would never buy any pet food or treats from China either. Of course as I say this, I use Chinese toothpaste every day and have for years so you are probably ok smile

That's interesting that they don't trust their own products. I have received quality manufactured stuff from China but I don't think they have any oversight on drugs etc. They counterfeit a lot of stuff.


There was a rash of infant deaths in China from companies there manufacturing baby formula with some cheap chemical to make the protien content test falsely higher than it was. When it got too big to be covered up, there was big outrage in a country with a 1 child policy at the time.

There was a spate of pet deaths here from pet treats imported from China someone had played some similar chemical games with.

I have a difficult enough time with pharma from India, hopefully meds I depend on won't be shifted to Chinese manufacture. 60 Minutes had a feature some years ago where the daughter of a pharma company executive in India was continuing to get worse with his company's drug, they finally in desperation treated her with the brand name drug from a Western factory and it saved her life. That pharma exec said on camera he would never give his family products from his company again and advised anyone needing that medication yo insist on name brand.

But like many the health insurance I have pretty much insists on generic if available to be covered. I've had generic prescription medicine from Singapore (which was a self-administered injection), as well as generic prescription meds from India, Israel, and Mexico, and so far, I'm still here.
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