Not too long ago there was some scuttle about the FDA and some pharmaceutical agencies using some of the same advertising agencies, but this one doesn’t appear to be anywhere near the FDA style or at least I don’t think so.
The message here is to not buy drugs off the internet where you don’t know where they came from, but it seems we are almost wondering the same thing these days about the ones we do get at the drug store, where did they come from?
We have a big 12 investigators now to cover the entire country of China from the FDA, how many factories can they oversee? The suggestions I made back in November might be some help here with technology to help those 12 guys/gals do their job.
FDA to detain food shipments from China – Why not add some technology to the inspection processes?
Here’s a little of what I wrote and use the link for the entire post. Also, please get rid of “blind shipping”documents in transportation that were used in marketing for years to make consumers think their product really came from the US, safety is now taking priority today globally. I make this comment after 25 years in logistics, been there and seen a lot of it and that is part of the reason it takes so long to track down lot numbers and place of origin at times too. BD
With today’s speed of data transmissions, a server farm could be set up to monitor this type of activity and before an over seas factory began to export to the US, this would be a prerequisite to be established. Each lot before packaged would send the chemical content back to the central gathering agency and report in, with both the US agency and the local factory itself having the information at hand.
Again, this comes back to adding some new software and algorithms to the process, but computers could provide this information in a couple of seconds. Audit trails would also be there to allow for checking back on submissions. A bank of sophisticated server farms could do the work. This would also tend to build product credibility as well if everyone knows up front that the chemical content was being reported before the end packaging occurs. Again, not to replace an actual physical inspection all together, but, it would also stand to make those inspections much more information rich and valuable and create safe consumable products.
A secondary thought here too is to ensure that all products carry a label showing the city, country, etc. of where the product was manufactured so we don’t incur the long time delays in figuring out which lot went where, no more blind shipping documents as they exist today. Wonder why this process has not been considered yet?
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