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Volume 3, Number 9
March 17, 2006


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In the Spotlight

Where Good and Bad Drugs Mix
Why drug importation poses real risks for American consumers

Katherine Eban, Medical Progress Today, 3-16-06

In the ideal global marketplace, importing pharmaceuticals should be no more complicated or dangerous than importing beef or wheat. At least, that is what Newt Gingrich told an audience of pharmaceutical executives last September in a speech advocating reimportation. So long as the medicine we import travels through “secured corridors of distribution,” as he put it, current restrictions on commercial importation should be eased.
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Commentary

Florida Empowers Health-Care Consumers
David Merritt, Newt Gingrich, Tallahassee Democrat, 3-16-06

In this oped, Gingrich and Merritt laud health-care reforms in the state of Florida. They especially praise Governor Bush and the Florida Legislature for improving patient access to health information. Gingrich and Merritt see this as a crucial step towards a more consumer-centered and efficient health care model.
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Save the Medicare Benefit
Washington Times, 3-15-06

The benefit itself, in the meantime, will be a target for various “reform” bills that will try to exert more direct government control over the program. In this editorial, the Washington Times comes to the defense of the benefit and argues that making Uncle Sam the nation’s largest direct purchaser of medicines would be a serious mistake:
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When Fear Is Deadly
Phillip K. Howard, New York Sun, 3-14-06

Howard, the founder of Common Good, argues that America’s sue-first, ask questions later culture has undermined the quality of American health care, and, in one case at least, helped shield a serial killer from the authorities.
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Research

Critical Path Opportunities Report
FDA News, 3-17-06

It’s no secret that FDA regulations contribute to the onerous and expensive process of bringing new medicines and medical devices onto the market. The challenge is in deciding which regulations contribute to public health and safety, and which may, in fact, be acting as a barrier to medical progress.
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Who is at greatest risk for receiving poor quality health care?
Steven M. Asch, M.D., M.P.H., et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 3-16-06

This study, from the New England Journal of Medicine paints a picture of American health care that is either reassuring or depressing, depending on how you look at it. On the one hand, it shows that the provision of health care is remarkably uniform across racial, ethnic, and economic strata of American society.
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In this week's issue:

SPOTLIGHT

Where Good and Bad Drugs Mix

COMMENTARY

Florida Empowers Health-Care Consumers
Save the Medicare Benefit
When Fear Is Deadly

RESEARCH

Critical Path Opportunities Report
Who is at greatest risk for receiving poor quality health care?
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