A system gone mad – what do we do with it?
by Carl McCammon, Contributor
May 09, 2012 | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Here is a classic example of how badly our system is broken. This week on national news, it was reported that certain drugs which help treat children with cancer are in short supply. How can this happen in the United States of America?

Here’s how. The drug companies excuse was reduced profits created by generic drugs and some undefined manufacturing problems. A drug patent is typically protected for at least seven years, so profits obviously met their expectations during this period of time. Furthermore, these companies should be able to predict how conversion to a generic brand would impact their bottom line and budget accordingly. If they cannot cope with this established business practice, then management would/should be impacted in a manner usually directed by their Board of Directors.

The stated manufacturing problem is nothing but a sham. If this was a Viagra-related problem, the fix would be implemented immediately.

On the government side we are no better off, which I am sure is a big surprise to everyone. A bill was introduced in the Senate 14 months ago that would protect patients from being placed in this exact situation. Both leaders of the House and Senate made lame excuses about “this is standard procedure for enacting new laws” and blamed the other side for lack of progress. We are talking about children’s lives being severely impacted by this situation. Surely this is incentive enough to act and act quickly by any and all institutions involved. If our boys in Washington needed a pay raise, I would bet the farm it would happen in less than 14 months.

If Washington and the related drug companies cannot solve this problem in less than six months, then somehow all parties involved should suffer serious consequences.

What, in your opinion, should be done about these deplorable circumstances?

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