Everything is a Public Health CrisisFriday, April 22, 2011
Moe, Larry, and Curly have teamed up with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the FDA, and your congressional leaders to identify another “public health crisis” that needs a government solution. Here’s an article from the Pharmaceutical Daily Journal:
The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it will require some painkiller manufacturers to produce new educational tools in an effort to quell prescription-drug abuse.
…”This growing public-health crisis is suffocating our society,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Howard Koh said at a briefing.
So the central theme is this: Big Pharma is turning out a product that is actually necessary and useful for some people at some point in time – painkillers. As with everything else, people will use those products at their own discretion, right or wrong. Since there cannot be a fanatical War on Drugs (for Big Pharma’s legal drugs), the idea is to establish another feel-good government “education” program dedicated to “curbing prescription drug abuse.”
Big Pharma now has to produce medication guides and tools for physician training which must be approved by the FDA and accredited by professional physician-education providers. The end goal is to make this “education” mandatory for physician licensing. Until it becomes law, the FDA has to “entice physicians to receive the education voluntarily by offering continuing education credits, called CME or CE, required to maintain board certification.” In reality, this education hustle redirects resources from value-added services to the production of nonsense for the purpose of making a bunch of special interests richer and keeping federal government officials employed, while throwing a soft, fuzzy slipper at Big Pharma.
Professional education providers will find this to be a lucrative gig, and Big Pharma supports the FDA’s efforts. Congress will mandate these educational requirements through the force of law and everyone will feel all warm and fuzzy about solving another public health crisis while the beneficiaries of this scam will be snickering about pulling another fast one. And meanwhile, Big Pharma will pass on the costs to consumers, insurance companies, and government welfare programs – meaning the consumer will once again bear the burden of additional (hidden) costs to create more government jobs and redistribute wealth to selected industries and recipients who stand to benefit from the con job.