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Where do prescription drugs come from? Good luck answering that question

Where do prescription drugs come from? Good luck answering that question

Los Angeles resident Steve Simich was taking a generic anti-cholesterol pill. One day he got curious about where it came from. It didn’t say on the label.

Simich, 57, asked the pharmacist at his local Rite-Aid. She looked it up and said the country of origin was India.

“That made me angry and a little disgusted,” Simich told me. “They should disclose that. I asked the pharmacist to switch me to a name-brand version made in the United States.”

Now he takes Crestor, sold by the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca.

What Simich may not realize, though, is that while AstraZeneca has offices and facilities here in the U.S., the active ingredient for Crestor, rosuvastatin...

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