Inter Alia on the Internet – Monday Edition
I was forced to sit through part of “I Love Money” today, and I’m coming to the conclusion that we’re 50, and not 500 years away from living in Idiocracy. Why are prescription drug prices so high in England? “Perverse incentives” that put profits ahead of patients. Texas canceled a children’s drug program because of fears pharmaceuticals bribed their way into it. Small retailers are in danger of going out of business because of minimum pricing agreements that are no longer illegal thanks to the pro big business Supreme Court. A key Vioxx study was directed by the Merck marketing department. Longtime readers know my mother-in-law died as a result of a MRSA infection. If we lived in Sweden, perhaps she’d still be alive. “Fewer than two per cent of the staphylococci in Sweden are MRSA, compared with sixty per cent in the United States.” Why? Because in the U.S. profits come ahead of patients. How many professions are there? Three. Jury duty can be interesting; jurors had (or got, depending on your view) to watch four hours of porn.
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