When a medic reaches out for that pack of generic heparin from her pharmacy shelf, does she know who produced the drug and how was it manufactured? If she doesn’t know this, then she wouldn’t know whether its contaminated or not, and using it could be harmful.
The FDA recently found a number of tainted batches the drug heparin. And since, adulterated pharmaceutical drugs are everywhere, it’s quite a possibility that many drugs sold as veterinary pet products are tainted too.
Whatever be the intention of the drug suppliers and manufacturers of these bogus drugs, most often it’s the greed to making big money, the moot point is to ensure a safe pet supplies of these medicines.
Not to far back, a couple of months, a news network busted a drug manufacturer in China trying to make counterfeits of some popular drugs by mixing arsenic, road paint and what not, severely tainting them, which would have had serious repercussions for consumers.
Also, in 2007, and as the Wall Street Journal reported, In fiscal 2007, the FDA ran 31 domestic counterfeit-drug investigations, which could include products with ingredients manufactured overseas. Similarly, in in 2006 there were 54 investigation and in 2005 the number was 32.
Hence, it goes without saying that if fake drug products have found their way in human bodies, can the pets bodies be insulated. Most of the supply of tainted products lands up in the US from overseas, and many pet supplies for drugs are procured wholesale, just as pet accessories are.
On the face of it, it might appear that goods brought from overseas are to blame. But it might not be the case, because a lot of supplies for outside are properly produced. More important thing, perhaps is to choose the right sources of veterinary supplies.