On Tuesday's episode of "Pat Gray Unleashed," Pat and Keith discussed why some U.S. national security officials are concerned about potential interruptions in the supply of pharmaceutical antibiotics imported from China.
In her book, "China Rx," author Rosemary Gibson wrote, "Antibiotics are considered the single most significant advancement in modern medicine. The vast majority of key ingredients used to make prescription drugs that Americans depend on are manufactured mostly in China."
"They have got us by the throat," Pat said.
"If China shut the door on exports of medicines and their key ingredients and raw material, U.S. hospitals and military hospitals and clinics would cease to function within months, if not days," Gibson said.
According to an NBC News translation, a leading Chinese economist said, "China is the world's largest exporter of vitamins and antibiotic raw materials. Once the export is reduced, the medical systems of some developed countries will not work."
Gibson went on to explain how the last penicillin plant in the U.S. closed in 2004, which meant the U.S. is reliant on China for the the lifesaving drug.
"This is terrifying," Pat said. Keith agreed.
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