When medicine makes you sick: How tainted drugs can elude FDA inspections

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The Food and Drug Administration is supposed to inspect all factories, foreign and domestic, that produce drugs for the U.S. market. But a Kaiser Health News review of thousands of FDA documents — inspection records, recalls, warning letters and lawsuits — reveals how drugs that are poorly manufactured or contaminated can still reach consumers. The story focuses on one Michigan family and one little boy, Anderson Moreno, who allegedly suffered “serious and dangerous life-threatening injuries,” according to a lawsuit his family has filed.

Despite the jackhammer-like rhythm of a mechanical ventilator, Alicia Moreno had dozed off in a chair by her 1-year-old’s hospital bed, when a doctor woke her with some bad news: The common stool softener her son, Anderson, was given months earlier had been contaminated with the bacterium Burkholderia cepacia.

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