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Safety Author: Christopher Hickey, Ph.D., FDA’s Country Director for the People’s Republic of China. Last Updated: Apr 17, 2014 - 12:04:26 PM

FDA Works with China to Ensure Medical-Product Safety

By Christopher Hickey, Ph.D., FDA’s Country Director for the People’s Republic of China.
Apr 17, 2014 - 12:00:07 PM

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( - Americans benefit greatly from medical products produced by other countries. Approximately 40 percent of finished drugs in the United States come from overseas, as well as more than 50 percent of all medical devices. About 80 percent of the manufacturers of active pharmaceutical ingredients are located outside the United States.

However, this rapid globalization of commerce presents challenges to regulators who oversee the safety and quality of medical products. Many of these challenges manifest themselves in China. As FDA's country director for the People's Republic of China, I testified on April 3, 2014 before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, an advisory panel created by Congress, on our work to ensure the safety and quality of medical products produced in China and imported into the United States.

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