5 Drug Cos. Settle Federal Charges
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