The River Flows Downstream

30 04 2012

Washington Times:

In a move that could help the government trim its burgeoning health care costs, the Food and Drug Administration may soon permit Americans to obtain some drugs used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes without obtaining a prescription.

The FDA says over-the-counter distribution would let patients get drugs for many common conditions without the time and expense of visiting a doctor, but medical providers call the change medically unsound and note that it also may mean that insurance no longer will pay for the drugs.

Run this river upstream, and the inference is easy — If you force a drug to be prescription-only, it makes it more expensive.

Which means all the cops and sheriffs running around here wanting pseudo-ephederine to be prescription-only want to make it more expensive.  You don’t think someone will me making that money, do you?  The FBI should deploy a few forensic accountants to St. Louis to see what kind of bribes are being passed from certain health care industry concerns to these given officers of the law.

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30 04 2012
rjp

Actually I think it is the reverse,the cost of the drugs to the consumer goes up when drugs go OTC because then there is no such thing as a generic competitor initially, only name brand (and the store brand made by the same manufacturer most likely). Where the consumer saves when they go OTC is no more doctor visit to pay for.

All those antihistimines that went OTC a few years back are pretty pricey.

And allowing Americans the ability to “self diagnose” high blood pressure and diabetes …… that’s pure insanity. And that will be two more catagories of OTC drugs are either under a glass case or behind the counter, because high blood pressure and diabetes are black diseases. And if the FDA makes them OTC, welfare won’t pay for them.

And five years from now we’ll be apologizing to blacks for criminalizing getting their “meds” (aka forcing them to shoplift, since welfare won’t pay).




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