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Volume 4, Number 27
August 31, 2007


In the Spotlight

An Information Prescription for Drug Regulation

Joseph Bernstein, MD, FACS, Anita Bernstein, JD, Medical Progress Today, 8-31-07

Americans reading about the sorry state of drug regulation in China—an unhappy mixture of ineptitude and corruption—can be forgiven their sense of superiority. Flawed though it may be, the FDA has managed to keep antifreeze out of our medicines for the last 70 years and none of its administrators now awaits the death penalty. Still, we are not entitled to complacency. It's clear that some dangerous and ineffective drugs have garnered FDA approval. Less well known, yet perhaps more costly overall, is that in the name of promoting safety, some potentially beneficial drugs have been denied access to the market as well.
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In this week's issue:


An Information Prescription for Drug Regulation



New study by Frank R. Lichtenberg: Why Has Longevity Increased More in Some States than in Others? The Role of Medical Innovation and Other Factors

New book by Regina Herzlinger: Who Killed Health Care: America's $1.5 Trillion Problem - and the Consumer-Driven Cure (McGraw-Hill, June 2007)

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