Indian American launches ‘Made in America’ medicines campaign

Washington: Indian American Republican Senate Candidate Rikin ‘Rik’ Mehta has launched “Made in America” medicines campaign – a move that will require companies to disclose the country of origin of their prescription drugs, a media report said.

“Americans have a right to know where their medicine comes from especially when nearly all other products are labelled with the country it was made in,” Mehta was quoted as saying in the India-West news website.

Currently, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require a drug’s label to include the country where the ingredients originated from to make the drug.

“These bizarre and conflicting laws and regulations that govern how to label products with their country of origin has allowed companies to profit from foreign drug manufacturing while hiding their supply chain from the American people for too long,” said Mehta, the frontrunner to take on Democrat New Jersey Senator Cory Booker this year.

Mehta noted that Chinese manufacturing of American drugs have nearly doubled while many American-based manufacturing plants shuttered.

“Under my ‘Made in America’ medicines plan, we will bring thousands of manufacturing jobs back to America, provide transparency in the medical supply chain, reduce the price of our prescription drugs and more importantly save lives,” he added.

Mehta started his career in New Jersey as a drug store pharmacist and later at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, before becoming an expert in drug law and regulatory policy. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center where he commutes to Washington, D.C. to teach health law and global drug law and regulation.

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