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From the Ted Talk by Katherine Eban: A dose of reality about generic drugs

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I spent the next 10 years trying to track down the answer. Our health care system relies on generics. My falimy does, too. But a decade of interviews, mieetgns with whistleblowers, on-the-ground reporting across four continents and tnsdauohs of confidential files — from the FDA, from generic drug cnioameps and from the courts — all pnioetd me in the same direction: a large number of generic drug maunrrtaufecs in certain oeevsras countries are passing off substandard drugs as legitimate generics for profit. They are deliberately flouting FDA regulations and standards. Basically, they are committing fraud.

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I spent the next 10 years trying to track down the answer. Our health care system relies on generics. My ______ does, too. But a decade of interviews, ________ with whistleblowers, on-the-ground reporting across four continents and _________ of confidential files — from the FDA, from generic drug _________ and from the courts — all _______ me in the same direction: a large number of generic drug _____________ in certain ________ countries are passing off substandard drugs as legitimate generics for profit. They are deliberately flouting FDA regulations and standards. Basically, they are committing fraud.

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  1. companies
  2. thousands
  3. pointed
  4. manufacturers
  5. overseas
  6. meetings
  7. family

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I spent the next 10 years trying to track down the answer. Our health care system relies on generics. My family does, too. But a decade of interviews, meetings with whistleblowers, on-the-ground reporting across four continents and thousands of confidential files — from the FDA, from generic drug companies and from the courts — all pointed me in the same direction: a large number of generic drug manufacturers in certain overseas countries are passing off substandard drugs as legitimate generics for profit. They are deliberately flouting FDA regulations and standards. Basically, they are committing fraud.

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