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Reliance on

China-made Medications

First Step in breaking Reliance

Kodak Pharmaceuticals will make critical pharmaceutical ingredients that have been identified as essential but have lapsed into chronic national shortage, as defined by the Food and Drug Administration.  The Kodak unit will have the capacity to produce up to 25% of the active pharmaceutical ingredients needed to make generic drugs in the United States.  "We must never be reliant on a foreign nation for America's medical or other needs,"  Read Article HERE

Pandemic Exposes Perils of Global Reliance on China for Drug Supplies

The spread of COVID-19 and the unprecedented pressure it has placed on the U.S. health care system highlights America’s strategic dependence on foreign-based pharmaceutical supply manufacturers, particularly in China.  

China holds a key position in the global active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) industry, which produces ingredients used in the manufacturing of drugs, and in the production of protective gear such as thermometers, PPEs and masks.  Article HERE

MOAA Board Member: COVID-19 Makes Chinese Medication Stronghold ‘Even More Frightening’

“The issue has become even more frightening as the search continues for vaccines to fight the coronavirus.  But the coronavirus takes the problem beyond the context of the military. Our dependence on China for drugs is truly a national security issue that affects each and every citizen.” Read full article HERE

Congressional Bills to limit Reliance

Background History on Reliance

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Veterans and Opioids

Military making headway on Opioid Epidemic among servicemembers, vets, official say  But military retirees who use opioids remain a concern. The majority of long-term opioid patients – 83 percent – are older than 45 years old, most likely to be a retiree or a relative of one and they seek care outside military hospitals and clinics.

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Defense Health Agency Director: Progress in Preventing Opioid Abuse, More Needs to Be Done

The Military Health System is making progress in preventing and managing opioid abuse among its beneficiaries, but further actions in education and prevention are needed, the director of the Defense Health Agency said. 

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Burn Pits

The Largest burn pit in Iraq was located at Balad Air Base. On average, 147 tons of refuse was burned a day. The toxic fumes were breathed in by the 25,000 American Soldiers stationed there.  Watch PBS report from 16 Jan 2019 on refusal to here case.

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Are Burn Pits the new Agent Orange of this generation?  Find out more on Burn Pits and what Legislation is being done to address this issue.

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Blue Water Navy

Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange Exposure.

 

Since the end of the Vietnam War, veterans have reported numerous health effects. Herbicides used in Vietnam, in particular Agent Orange, that contained the highly toxic chemical 2,3,7,8-tetrachloro-dibenzo-p-dioxin (also referred to as TCDD), have been associated with a variety of cancers and other long-term health effects. The Agent Orange Act of 1991 established a presumption of herbicide exposure for veterans who served in Vietnam and who developed one or more of the diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure. Such a presumption is necessary for a Vietnam veteran to receive disability compensation if he or she has an Agent Orange-associated disease.     Read Summary and History HERE

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