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Inter Alia on the Internet – Why Isn’t It Friday Edition?

As much as I’ve enjoyed my summer, I’m actually looking forward to going back to law school.  Scary.

  • Preemption doesn’t carry the day in Judge Woodcock’s court.

  • Here’s a good definition of redundant.  Seems that a supermarket was illegally selling meat that wasn’t inspected by the USDA, and the government investigated.  The supermarket entered into a consent degree that prohibits them from selling meat that hasn’t been inspected.

  • At least one employee of the “Hepatitis C clinics” in Las Vegas is taking the fifth and “stonewalling plaintiffs’ attorneys."

  • Tort "reform" hypocrite Greg Abbott has more cash on hand than any other elected state official in Texas.  The article suggests that Texans for Lawsuit Reform may not be as powerful as it once was... let me know when they stop running pay-per-click ads on Google.

  • History repeats itself: India is using bogus studies to justify exposing thousands of workers to asbestos.  How many people have to die of cancer because of corporate greed?

  • Pharma is not happy that Senator Max Baucus wants the government to study the comparative effectiveness of drugs.

  • And here's why they're not happy.  In the U.K., drugs have to be both effective and cost-effective compared with existing treatments in order to be approved.  Is this good policy?  Bad policy?

  • Professor Childs reports on a case in which defendants spent $12.7 million on their experts, while plaintiffs spent $520,000.

  • Earlier I had reported that Actavis Totowa recalled almost every drug they make in their New Jersey plant.  Now, in a purportedly unrelated turn of events, Actavis' CEO has resigned. 

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Either Justinian doesn't know what "redundant" means, or he doesn't know what "permanent injunction" or "$11,000 fine" means.

He also misrepresents Professor Childs's post and the UK drug policy, but sloppy reading comprehension is par for the course for Justinian.

Posted by: Ted | August 7, 2008 7:15 PM

There are good policy reasons for approving the use of new drugs that are more expensive than drugs currently in use. It is often the case that some minority of patients will be allergic to the old drug, unable to take it due to some interaction, or are just not helped by it. In the case of antibiotics, there is the risk of resistance to the old drug developing. Having multiple drugs available is therefore desirable, even if some are much more expensive than the others.

Posted by: Bill Poser | August 8, 2008 1:15 AM

Of course, Justinian's claim about UK drug policy is simply false; the UK government does approve private purchase and prescription of drugs that are more expensive than existing drugs on the market. He's confusing the UK's government-run-healthcare program with its drug-regulation program--and the former, where individuals have been told that they should die of cancer because the NHS doesn't want to pay for their drugs, is far more vicious than any free-market insurer in the US, and one can probably find examples of this blog complaining about insurance companies being "heartless" for policies far more lenient than the one Justinian thoughtlessly and sloppily celebrates in this post.

Posted by: Ted | August 8, 2008 3:02 PM

"thoughtlessly and sloppily celebrates..."

I didn't celebrate it. I asked if it was good policy or bad policy.

The quality of your comments is really slipping, Ted. It's almost as if you're here merely to troll and waste my time responding to your baseless accusations.

Posted by: Justinian Lane | August 8, 2008 3:20 PM

The only troll here is you, Justinian, demonstrated by the fact that three of your bullet-points are outright incorrect and you still haven't corrected them--showing that your intentions are dishonest.

Posted by: Ted | August 9, 2008 8:51 AM

Excuse me, Ted. I will thank you to remember, SC is the only troll here.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | August 9, 2008 6:27 PM