Aug 6, 2019 - World

Another national security issue: China's drug manufacturing

China’s dominance in drug manufacturing is a national security issue, Bloomberg’s Anna Edney reports.

Details: American officials have expressed two concerns:

  • If China ever decided to cut off the flow of drugs and active ingredients, the U.S. (and many other countries) would likely face steep shortages.
  • Safety and quality lapses in Chinese manufacturing also pose a risk to the U.S., including drugs taken by military personnel.

“The national security risks of increased Chinese dominance of the global [active pharmaceutical ingredient] market cannot be overstated,” the Defense Health Agency’s Christopher Priest told an advisory panel last week, per Bloomberg.

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