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Today, Communist China dominates the global active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and precursor chemicals, antibiotics, and vitamin markets, leaving patients and policymakers—or even trained pharmacists like me—with very little visibility into the messy supply chain of essential medicines.
The threat is simple: we are consuming medication acquired from our enemy. This isn’t surprising—China has never been our friend—but it is frightening. It is only a matter of time before our reliance on their API supply chains is leveraged against us, a catastrophic decision that could cost American lives.
Customer in pharmacy holding medicine bottle. Woman reading the label text about medical information or side effects in drug store. Patient shopping pills for migraine or flu. Vitamin or zinc tablets.
In 2001, our nation was struck with panic after a series of anonymous anthrax attacks took the lives of 5 Americans and infected many more who were exposed. The federal government raced to acquire hundreds of millions of doses of antibiotics to treat a potential mass exposure. This retroactive response sent our government scrambling for solutions and straight to Communist China’s doorstep.