Politics and its Discontents: Industry Self-Regulation – Another Update

Last week I wrote two posts on the Harper regime’s ideological decision not to impose mandatory reporting of drug shortages on the pharmaceutical industry. The government instead has placed its market-driven faith on a voluntary system, with results nearly as disastrous as those in Canada’s food industry, which also enjoys a high degree of autonomy ...

Politics and its Discontents: Industry Self-Regulation – An Update

Yesterday I wrote a post about the plight of Ryan Harrington, the young man who, were it not for a drug called Celontin, would suffer upwards of 200 seizures a day. Because the Harper regime opted for a voluntary instead of a mandatory requirement for companies to report drug shortages, Harrington had only a one-week ...

Politics and its Discontents: Industry ‘Self-Regulation’

In a world rife with the environmental, economic and social consequences of unfettered capitalism, the term ‘industry self-regulation’ has always struck me as little more than a oxymoron. Examples abound of what happens when government regulatory agencies enter into what turn out to be Faustian bargains with the corporate sector, the sad case of XL ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Drug shortages: Sandoz crisis prompts hospitals to kick drug habit

Sandoz may find that demand for its intravenous drugs may not be what it once was. This winter the multi-national drug company was pressured by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to fix problems with the production line at its … Continue reading →