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THREATENS OUR HEALTH AND NATIONAL SECURITY. STEPHANIE GOSK HAS OUR AND NATIONAL SECURITY. STEPHANIE GOSK HAS OUR NBC NEWS STEPHANIE GOSK HAS OUR NBC NEWS INVESTIGATION. NBC NEWS INVESTIGATION.>>Reporter: THERE IS INVESTIGATION.>>Reporter: THERE IS A LITTLE KNOWN FACT>>Reporter: THERE IS A LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT SOME OF THE MOST A LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT SOME OF THE MOST COMMON DRUGS AMERICANS ABOUT SOME OF THE MOST COMMON DRUGS AMERICANS TAKE, FROM ANTIBIOTICS COMMON DRUGS AMERICANS TAKE, FROM ANTIBIOTICS TO HEART MEDICINE TO TAKE, FROM ANTIBIOTICS TO HEART MEDICINE TO ANTI-DEPRESSANTS. TO HEART MEDICINE TO ANTI-DEPRESSANTS. 80% OF THE KEY ANTI-DEPRESSANTS. 80% OF THE KEY INGREDIENTS USED TO 80% OF THE KEY INGREDIENTS USED TO MAKE THEM COME FROM INGREDIENTS USED TO MAKE THEM COME FROM OVERSEAS. MAKE THEM COME FROM OVERSEAS. MAINLY FROM CHINA. OVERSEAS. MAINLY FROM CHINA.>>CHINA’S STATED AIM MAINLY FROM CHINA.>>CHINA’S STATED AIM IS TO BECOME THE>>CHINA’S STATED AIM IS TO BECOME THE PHARMACY TO THE WORLD. IS TO BECOME THE PHARMACY TO THE WORLD.>>Reporter: ROSEMARY PHARMACY TO THE WORLD.>>Reporter: ROSEMARY GIBSON IS THE AUTHOR>>Reporter: ROSEMARY GIBSON IS THE AUTHOR OF “CHINA RX” HOW MUCH GIBSON IS THE AUTHOR OF “CHINA RX” HOW MUCH OF OUR DRUG SUPPLY IS OF “CHINA RX” HOW MUCH OF OUR DRUG SUPPLY IS DEPENDING ON CHINA? OF OUR DRUG SUPPLY IS DEPENDING ON CHINA?>>WE ARE SO DEPENDENT DEPENDING ON CHINA?>>WE ARE SO DEPENDENT IF THEY SHUT THE DOOR>>WE ARE SO DEPENDENT IF THEY SHUT THE DOOR ON SENDING MEDICINES IF THEY SHUT THE DOOR ON SENDING MEDICINES TO US, OUR HOSPITALS ON SENDING MEDICINES TO US, OUR HOSPITALS WOULD SHUT DOWN WITHIN TO US, OUR HOSPITALS WOULD SHUT DOWN WITHIN A COUPLE OF MONTHS. WOULD SHUT DOWN WITHIN A COUPLE OF MONTHS.>>Reporter: IN THE A COUPLE OF MONTHS.>>Reporter: IN THE CASE OF DRUGS LIKE>>Reporter: IN THE CASE OF DRUGS LIKE ANTIBIOTICS, CHINA HAS CASE OF DRUGS LIKE ANTIBIOTICS, CHINA HAS A TOTAL STRANGLEHOLD. ANTIBIOTICS, CHINA HAS A TOTAL STRANGLEHOLD.>>WE CAN’T MAKE A TOTAL STRANGLEHOLD.>>WE CAN’T MAKE PENICILLIN ANYMORE.>>WE CAN’T MAKE PENICILLIN ANYMORE. THE LAST PENICILLIN PENICILLIN ANYMORE. THE LAST PENICILLIN PLANT IN THE UNITED THE LAST PENICILLIN PLANT IN THE UNITED STATES CHOSED IN 2004. PLANT IN THE UNITED STATES CHOSED IN 2004.>>Reporter: IN MARCH, STATES CHOSED IN 2004.>>Reporter: IN MARCH, A PROMINENT CHINESE>>Reporter: IN MARCH, A PROMINENT CHINESE ECONOMIST SUGGESTED A PROMINENT CHINESE ECONOMIST SUGGESTED HIS COUNTRY’S CONTROL ECONOMIST SUGGESTED HIS COUNTRY’S CONTROL OF THE MARKET COULD BE HIS COUNTRY’S CONTROL OF THE MARKET COULD BE USED TO SEND A OF THE MARKET COULD BE USED TO SEND A MESSAGE. USED TO SEND A MESSAGE. IF EXPORTS ARE MESSAGE. IF EXPORTS ARE REDUCED, HE SAID, THE IF EXPORTS ARE REDUCED, HE SAID, THE MEDICAL SYSTEMS OF REDUCED, HE SAID, THE MEDICAL SYSTEMS OF SOME WESTERN COUNTRIES MEDICAL SYSTEMS OF SOME WESTERN COUNTRIES WILL NOT RUN WELL. SOME WESTERN COUNTRIES WILL NOT RUN WELL.>>BASICALLY, WE HAVE WILL NOT RUN WELL.>>BASICALLY, WE HAVE OUTSOURCED OUR ENTIRE>>BASICALLY, WE HAVE OUTSOURCED OUR ENTIRE INDUSTRY TO CHINA. OUTSOURCED OUR ENTIRE INDUSTRY TO CHINA. THAT’S A STRATEGIC INDUSTRY TO CHINA. THAT’S A STRATEGIC VULNERABILITY IN AND THAT’S A STRATEGIC VULNERABILITY IN AND OF ITSELF. VULNERABILITY IN AND OF ITSELF.>>Reporter: JOHN OF ITSELF.>>Reporter: JOHN ADAMS IS A RETIRED>>Reporter: JOHN ADAMS IS A RETIRED BRIGADIER GENERAL. ADAMS IS A RETIRED BRIGADIER GENERAL. HOW ARE BRIGADIER GENERAL. HOW ARE PHARMACEUTICALS TURNED HOW ARE PHARMACEUTICALS TURNED INTO WEAPONS OF WAR? PHARMACEUTICALS TURNED INTO WEAPONS OF WAR?>>PHARMACEUTICALS ARE INTO WEAPONS OF WAR?>>PHARMACEUTICALS ARE NECESSARY FOR OUR WAR>>PHARMACEUTICALS ARE NECESSARY FOR OUR WAR FIGHTERS, NECESSARY NECESSARY FOR OUR WAR FIGHTERS, NECESSARY FOR OUR POPULATION TO FIGHTERS, NECESSARY FOR OUR POPULATION TO REMAIN HEALTHY, TO FOR OUR POPULATION TO REMAIN HEALTHY, TO CURE DISEASES. REMAIN HEALTHY, TO CURE DISEASES. IF THOSE ARE EITHER CURE DISEASES. IF THOSE ARE EITHER TOXIC OR THEY ARE NOT IF THOSE ARE EITHER TOXIC OR THEY ARE NOT AVAILABLE, WE ARE TOXIC OR THEY ARE NOT AVAILABLE, WE ARE GOING TO GET SICK AND AVAILABLE, WE ARE GOING TO GET SICK AND WE WILL DIE. GOING TO GET SICK AND WE WILL DIE.>>Reporter: THE U.S. WE WILL DIE.>>Reporter: THE U.S. AND CHINA ARE NOT AT>>Reporter: THE U.S. AND CHINA ARE NOT AT WAR. AND CHINA ARE NOT AT WAR. BUT THERE ARE TENSIONS WAR. BUT THERE ARE TENSIONS OVER TRADE. BUT THERE ARE TENSIONS OVER TRADE. CHINA’S STATE-RUN OVER TRADE. CHINA’S STATE-RUN PAPER SAID THIS WEEK CHINA’S STATE-RUN PAPER SAID THIS WEEK THERE IS LITTLE CHANCE PAPER SAID THIS WEEK THERE IS LITTLE CHANCE THE GOVERNMENT WOULD THERE IS LITTLE CHANCE THE GOVERNMENT WOULD DELIBERATELY HARM THE GOVERNMENT WOULD DELIBERATELY HARM INNOCENT AMERICANS BY DELIBERATELY HARM INNOCENT AMERICANS BY CUTTING OFF THE FLOW INNOCENT AMERICANS BY CUTTING OFF THE FLOW OF ANTIBIOTICS. CUTTING OFF THE FLOW OF ANTIBIOTICS.>>TRUST IS OF ANTIBIOTICS.>>TRUST IS EVERYTHING.>>TRUST IS EVERYTHING. DO WE TRUST. EVERYTHING. DO WE TRUST.>>Reporter: THERE DO WE TRUST.>>Reporter: THERE HAVE ALREADY BEEN>>Reporter: THERE HAVE ALREADY BEEN PROBLEMS WITH HAVE ALREADY BEEN PROBLEMS WITH CONTAMINATION. PROBLEMS WITH CONTAMINATION. IN 2008 THERE WERE CONTAMINATION. IN 2008 THERE WERE DOZENS OF DEATHS TIED IN 2008 THERE WERE DOZENS OF DEATHS TIED TO THE BLOOD THINNER DOZENS OF DEATHS TIED TO THE BLOOD THINNER HEPARIN. TO THE BLOOD THINNER HEPARIN. IN THE PAST YEAR, MORE HEPARIN. IN THE PAST YEAR, MORE THAN 50 RECALLS OF IN THE PAST YEAR, MORE THAN 50 RECALLS OF SOME OF THE MOST THAN 50 RECALLS OF SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR BLOOD PRESSURE SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICINES CONTAMINATED POPULAR BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICINES CONTAMINATED WITH CHEMICALS LINKED MEDICINES CONTAMINATED WITH CHEMICALS LINKED TO CANCER. WITH CHEMICALS LINKED TO CANCER. HOW DID WE GET HERE? TO CANCER. HOW DID WE GET HERE? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? HOW DID WE GET HERE? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?>>WE GOT HERE BECAUSE HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?>>WE GOT HERE BECAUSE IT’S CHEAP.>>WE GOT HERE BECAUSE IT’S CHEAP. WE LOOKED AT THE NEXT IT’S CHEAP. WE LOOKED AT THE NEXT QUARTER’S PROFITS. WE LOOKED AT THE NEXT QUARTER’S PROFITS.>>Reporter: THE QUARTER’S PROFITS.>>Reporter: THE PRESSURE FOR LOW COST>>Reporter: THE PRESSURE FOR LOW COST DRUGS PUSHED PRESSURE FOR LOW COST DRUGS PUSHED MANUFACTURING TO DRUGS PUSHED MANUFACTURING TO CHINA. MANUFACTURING TO CHINA.>>WE HAVE TO REINVEST CHINA.>>WE HAVE TO REINVEST IN MAKING MEDICINE IN>>WE HAVE TO REINVEST IN MAKING MEDICINE IN THE UNITED STATES. IN MAKING MEDICINE IN THE UNITED STATES.>>Reporter: AN THE UNITED STATES.>>Reporter: AN EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION>>Reporter: AN EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION THAT COULD DRIVE DRUG EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION THAT COULD DRIVE DRUG PRICES UP. THAT COULD DRIVE DRUG PRICES UP.>>FOR COMMODITIES PRICES UP.>>FOR COMMODITIES LIKE OIL AND FOOD, WE>>FOR COMMODITIES LIKE OIL AND FOOD, WE WOULD NEVER PUT ALL OF LIKE OIL AND FOOD, WE WOULD NEVER PUT ALL OF OUR PRODUCTION, ALL OF WOULD NEVER PUT ALL OF OUR PRODUCTION, ALL OF OUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET OUR PRODUCTION, ALL OF OUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET IN CHINA. OUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET IN CHINA. WE SHOULDN’T BE DOING IN CHINA. WE SHOULDN’T BE DOING THAT WITH OUR WE SHOULDN’T BE DOING THAT WITH OUR MEDICINE. THAT WITH OUR MEDICINE.>>STEPHANIE, THE FACT MEDICINE.>>STEPHANIE, THE FACT THAT WE RELY ON CHINA>>STEPHANIE, THE FACT THAT WE RELY ON CHINA FOR DRUGS THAT THAT WE RELY ON CHINA FOR DRUGS THAT AMERICANS TAKE AND FOR DRUGS THAT AMERICANS TAKE AND NEED EVERY DAY IS AMERICANS TAKE AND NEED EVERY DAY IS ALARMING. NEED EVERY DAY IS ALARMING. WHAT CAN BE DONE? ALARMING. WHAT CAN BE DONE?>>THE ONLY WAY TO WHAT CAN BE DONE?>>THE ONLY WAY TO REGAIN CONTROL IS TO>>THE ONLY WAY TO REGAIN CONTROL IS TO MOVE MANUFACTURING REGAIN CONTROL IS TO MOVE MANUFACTURING BACK TO THE U.S. MOVE MANUFACTURING BACK TO THE U.S. EXPERTS TELL US BACK TO THE U.S. EXPERTS TELL US PRIVATE COMPANIES

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