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  • Government-Run Healthcare

    Government-Run Healthcare is killing patients and feeding Big Pharma, as demonstrated in an article of the Hoover Institution:

    In his recent article in National Affairs, “Changing the FDA’s Culture,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb rightly takes the FDA to task for its retrograde attitudes on the approval of new drugs for sale in the United States market. But he is far too kind to the FDA. Its culture is beyond repair by external exhortation. The FDA is a bureaucratic monopolist.

    Currently, in the name of protecting the American public, the FDA represents a major systematic threat to drug innovation and public health. It should be stripped of its power to block the entry of new drugs and medical devices into general use.

    In making his case for a more modest response, Gottlieb begins with a story of the drug Elaprase, which has been used since 2006 to treat Hunter’s Syndrome, a horrific but rare children’s disease. The disease is caused by the want of a single enzyme needed to break down sugar molecules inside the body. As sugar molecules build up in concentration, the disease cripples and often kills children from a very young age.

    As Gottlieb notes, progress against the disease was slow, and the first signs of real hope appeared in the early 2000s when researchers found a way to develop enzyme replacements in related enzyme deficiency diseases.

    When Elaprase first became available in 2004, the sensible response for the FDA would have been to ensure that the product did not kill patients at small dosages, and then to let it into the marketplace, with due notification of its experimental nature and any known side effects.

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    2 Responses to “Government-Run Healthcare”

    1. I agree that the healthcare bill takes competition out of the market. The United States has been a leader in healthcare innovation for years. Socialized healthcare ill only serve to retard our progress. The FDA however, does serve a vital role. It would be a mistake to believe that our health would be held as the highest priority if these markets were unregulated. I must emphasize the seriousness of biological pathogens that can form in our food, and the damages that uncertain medication can cause have on our health.

      The government may or may not be better than private enterprise in quality control, but they do retain the status quot on what we already have. What we have right now is still relatively safe.

      • admin says:

        The issue is not so very much the safety of what we have, but the certainty for many to never have what they could have whilst the FDA keeps putting up unsurmountable obstacles to the introduction of new, potentially life-saving drugs.

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