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5 Drug Cos. Settle Federal Charges

November 7, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Five drug companies that account for nearly all the store-brand pain relievers sold in the country have settled federal charges that they mislabeled some of their products ``Made in USA.″

According to the Federal Trade Commission, many of the companies’ ``Made in USA″-labeled products contained imported ingredients that made up the bulk of the cost.

By law, the FTC requires that any product labeled ``Made in USA″ must be ``all or virtually all″ domestically made.

``American consumers are more sensitive than ever to claims that a product is made in America,″ said Howard Beales, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. ``If a company chooses to make an ‘American-made’ claim, it should comply with the Commission’s standard. Here, the high level and nature of the foreign content exceed any reasonable expectation.″

The companies settling the charges are:

_Perrigo Company, of Allegan, Mich.

_A&S Pharmaceutical Corp., of Bridgeport, Conn.

_Leiner Health Products Inc., of Carson, Calif.

_LNK International Inc., of Hauppauge, N.Y.

_Pharmaceutical Formulations Inc., of Edison, N.J.

The companies declined to comment to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The settlements would allow the companies to print labels that say ``Processed in the United States with Foreign Ingredients,″ when appropriate.


On the Net:

FTC’s ``Made In USA″ policy: http://www.ftc.gov/os/statutes/usajump.htm

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