Dec 21 2010

Ayn Rand, Futurist

Normally, I don’t like to post blatant “I agree” posts that simply point to someone else’s blog, but this time I can’t resist:

(Philadelphia Inquirer, 12 Dec 201) Earlier this month, responding to a shortage of chemotherapy drugs in Minnesota, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) wrote to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg asking that the FDA intervene to “ensure that patients have access to the medications that are essential to their health and well-being.”

As it is, the FDA has few tools to resolve shortages. It cannot, for instance, order drug companies to make more drugs.


(CBC, 15 Dec 2010) The report notes that the reasons for the shortages are varied, from supply problems with raw ingredients to more stringent regulations that delay manufacturing, and production glitches in specific factories. The report also cites programs in Ontario and other provinces that have lowered the price of generic drugs and “act as a disincentive to production.” Among the association’s recommendations is that manufacturers put the needs of patients first and collaborate with competitors to ensure supply is not curtailed.

Isn’t it interesting that in both the USA and Canada, the consequences of “thievery government” are coming to pass, just as Ayn Rand predicted in Atlas Shrugged:

“I quit when medicine was placed under State control…Do you know what it takes to perform a brain operation? Do you know the kind of skill it demands, and the years of passionate, merciless, excruciating devotion that go to acquire that skill? That was what I would not place at the disposal of men whose sole qualification to rule me was their capacity to spout the fraudulent generalities that got them elected to the privilege of enforcing their wishes at the point of a gun. I would not let them dictate the purpose for which my years of study had been spent, or the conditions of my work, or my choice of patients, or the amount of my reward…Men considered only the ‘welfare’ of the patient, with no thought for those who were to provide it. That a doctor should have any right, desire or choice in the matter, was regarded as irrelevant selfishness; his is not to choose, they said only ‘to serve’…Their moral code has taught them to believe that it is safe to rely on the virtue of their victims. Well, that is the virtue I have withdrawn. Let them discover the kind of doctors that their system will now produce…It is not safe, if he is the sort of man who resents it–and still less safe, if he is the sort who doesn’t.”

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