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tv   Rosemary Gibson China Rx  CSPAN  December 16, 2018 12:54pm-1:02pm EST

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>> if you'd like to view other "after words" programs online simba go to our website @booktv.org. type "after words" into the search for search bar and all previous "after words" episodes will be available. >> this year booktv marks our 20th year of bringing you the countries top nonfiction authors and the latest books. find us every weekend on c-span2 or online at booktv.org. >> the national press club holds an annual book fair in this year booktv attended and spoke with several nonfiction authors. rosemary gibson discussed china's growing influence on the prescription drug industry. >> host: rosemary gibson, the subtitle of your book "china rx" is exposing the risks of america's dependence on china
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for medicine. what do we depend on china for? >> guest: for antibiotics, the key ingredients in antidepressants and alzheimer's medicine and parkinson's medicine and epilepsy. we get hiv/aids medicine from there. we are so dependent that if china shut the door and within a couple months our hospitals would have to shut down there that's how dependent we are. >> host: how did that happen? >> guest: it started with a generic drug, we all love generic drugs because they can be a lot less expensive than the brand-name drugs. the problem is when manufacturers want to find a a cheaper way to make them because it was cheaper to pay for. and so they look east to china that was more than willing to make them at a much lower price. the other thing that happened with the trade deals. what's fascinating about doing
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the research for this book is to see when it opened free trade with china, that's when, we lost the last penicillin fermentation plant, went over to china. the last aspirin plant gone. last vitamin c plant gone. it was just dramatic shift in production when it opened up tree. that's just back. it's not a political statement, it's just the reality of how the global market works. and so with great this will depend to pick it's not just us. it's the rest of the world. so to china's great people of incredible industry and the want to become the pharmacy of the world, and they're on track to do that. >> rosemary gibson, do not make aspirin in the united states anymore? >> guest: we might make the actual tablets but the active ingredient probably comes from china or elsewhere. from the same with penicillin? >> guest: we cannot make penicillin by ourselves. we used to have these big
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penicillin fermentation plants all over the country. they are all gone. white out. >> host: what's the danger in this? >> guest: think of our military. let's take the anthrax attack. a lot of your viewers might remember when the anthrax attacks happened after septembe, washington and elsewhere. so when the pentagon wanted to buy 20 million doses of an antidote, it had to get those medicines from a company in europe. i interviewed the ceo for united states and it'd get to the starting return from a plant in china. just think about that. and now the other antidote for anthrax, the dominant producer, the key component to make these medicines comes from china. so just think if there's a big public health, global public health event or say there's
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tension in the south china sea, that's a national security issue. think about the young men and women in the south china sea on the naval vessels, , and their depend on the adversary for a lot of their medicine. pretty remarkable. this is an untold story. nobody knows. i did the start of to write a book on this topic. who knew? so now the public is interested. doctors are interested. leaders in the military, national security. it's a big issue that even people in industry know that for the long haul it's a big challenge even for them. >> host: how did you find this story? what were you working on? >> guest: i was just looking for a good story in healthcare which i've written before. stumbleupon and said oh, my goodness. in fact, do you know what the tipping point was? i was reading this newspaper article into in the economic t, newspaper from india. and so the lead paragraph starts
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out saying so imagine an indian soldier on the border with china, a lot of tensions up there. and say it's a soldier opens up his medic bag and looks of medicine and doesn't have any more, and he thinks to himself, my goodness, i depend on the adversary for my medicine. i thought, it is also depend on china. that was the point of the article, makes a lot of generics, it has to get the starting materials from there. i find it in the is dependent, what about us? ipad to answer that question and that's the result was "china rx." >> host: is the national security can interested in this topic? >> guest: we are trying to get them, first, aware of it and interested in it. there was a recent spate of recall blood care medicine adaptive agreement was made in china and was found to contain a
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human carcinogen. i was contacted by a retired military officer who would been taking that medicine. and he said this is unacceptable we got to get generals to sign a petition and other members ability to say we got to bring our manufacturing back home, at least diversify our manufacturing base for national security and public health. so this does affect the military as well. >> host: "china rx" is name of the book. who is your co-author? ..
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here we are writing books to expose things. did outside know our medicine come from china? who knew. so, we have to do a lot to bring it back home, and diversify where our meds come from. >> just to let our viewers know if you want to see a longer presentation with rosemary gibson with her book, china rx, we taped one on booktv and you can go to booktv.org and watch it in our archives. >> thank you, peter. >> keep on eye out for more interviews from the national press club's back fair to air in the future. you-watch them and any other programs at booktv.org. type the author's name in the search bar at the top of the payment. >> good afternoon, everyone. thank

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