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U.S. Senate candidate Rik Mehta.

Mehta announces campaign to label drugs with country of origin

By Nikita Biryukov, May 20 2020 3:36 pm

Republican Senate candidate Rik Mehta announced a plan to force drug manufacturers to label their products’ country of origin Wednesday.

“Americans have a right to know where their medicine comes from especially when nearly all other products are labeled with the country it was made in,” Mehta, a pharmacist, said. “I can look at products on my body, like my shirt and shoes and know exactly where it was made, but the same doesn’t hold true for things that go in our body, like our prescription drugs. That makes no sense.”

Under current Food and Drug Administration regulations, the last place a given drug was manufactured is considered its place of origin.

“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. “American doctors and pharmacists should be able to inform patients on not only what ingredients are in their drugs, but where those ingredients were made.”

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