Obama's anti-business administration causes more harm

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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Shortage of drugs hits crisis level

Doctors, hospitals and federal regulators are struggling to cope with an unprecedented surge in drug shortages in the United States that is endangering cancer patients, heart attack victims, accident survivors and a host of other ill people.

A record 211 medications became scarce in 2010 -- triple the number in 2006 -- and at least 89 new shortages have been recorded through the end of March, putting the nation on track for far more scarcities.

The shortages are forcing some medical centers to ration drugs -- including one urgently needed by leukemia patients -- postpone surgeries and other care, and scramble for substitutes, often resorting to alternatives that may be less effective, have more side effects and boost the risk for overdoses and other sometimes-fatal errors.

Wow, this sounds serious. I wonder what could be causing these shortages???

HHS this month sent a letter to 83-year-old Forest Labs CEO Howard Solomon, announcing it would henceforth refuse to do business with him. What earned Mr. Solomon the blackball? Well, nothing that he did—as admitted even by HHS.

Forest Labs entered into a federal plea agreement in September over misconduct in its marketing of antidepressants Celexa and Lexapro. The allegations were among a rash of government suits claiming that marketing to doctors common among drug companies amounted to fraud against Medicare and Medicaid. The charges were odd given their implication that major companies would be dumb enough to try to hoodwink their biggest customer. The charges also had a political flavor as an attempt to blame drug companies, rather than the fee-for-service design of the federal programs, for runaway costs. But some companies including Forest chose to settle rather than engage in extensive litigation.

In any case, the federal complaint contained no suggestion that Mr. Solomon was involved with, or even aware of, misconduct. And the question of his continued leadership was never part of the plea deal.

Only after a federal court ratified the deal in March did HHS drop its intent-to-ban bomb. Mrs. Sebelius unearthed a dusty provision in the Social Security Act that allows officials to bar executives of health companies from doing business with the government when the firms are guilty of criminal misconduct.

The feds have rarely invoked this awesome power, given the potential for coercive abuse. But Mrs. Sebelius seems bent on making it more common policy and says she can employ it even against executives who had no knowledge of an employee's misconduct. A year ago Mrs. Sebelius used it to dismiss the CEO of a small drugmaker in St. Louis

The hammer on Forest Labs "reinforces everybody's worst fears—that this Administration won't do business with anybody that doesn't completely agree with its policy initiatives. Not only will it refuse to even have the argument, it will actively destroy these people," says Peter Pitts, a former Food and Drug Administration official who now runs the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest.

Obama and his socialist cronies are killing US industries and then they are surprised when there are shortages? The stupidity of the modern liberal knows no bounds.

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Ed Salden
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written by Ed Salden , May 02, 2011

I thought you were putting politics aside for the day.

How long is a day in your world?



Woody
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written by Woody , May 02, 2011

It ended at 11 when Rush came on the radio. Are you listening to Rush today Ed? The killing of Osama bin Laden really hurt Rush Limbaugh and it is fun to listen to this train wreck. Ha! I actually feel sorry for him today, he's a blathering mess.


Ed Salden
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written by Ed Salden , May 02, 2011

People actually listen to Rush?


Woody
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written by Woody , May 02, 2011

I liten Ed as an independant socio-political study. It's actually pretty entertaining at times. Especially today! I might even stay on the 100.3 past 2 for Hannitys' monologue. Also, Ed I must say I felt a bit uneasy over the celebratory mood over another persons death but this was worth celebrating. This man has killed thousands of people and done irreperable harm to our economy and our sense of security. I heard something funny last night immediately after the release of this news; I had Will 'the great American" Cunningham on the radio and he was poo-pooing the news by saying that Osama was on kidney dialysis and he was going to die anyway. Unbelievable! I've heard Rush mispronounce Osama bin Laden as "Obama" probably 12 times so far. Is this a speech impediment or is this man un-American? I think I know the answer to that one! He'll call it satire since that is his cover.


Barthélemy Barbancourt
You are obsessed with Rush
written by Barthélemy Barbancourt , May 02, 2011

All I have listened to today are the Talking Heads and the XM BPM station that places trance and dance music.

I gave Obama a break on foreign policy for the day. The Obama admin is an many octopus damaging America is a variety of ways everyday. I can't give every one of those business hating liberals a break for 24 hours.

But hey guys, good job at avoiding the actual topic. Typical liberal practice of ignoring facts that get in the way of your religion.



Woody
Facts?
written by Woody , May 02, 2011

Present an article by the Rupert Wall St. Journal and call out "Obama and his Socialist cronies not to mention "the stupidity of the modern liberal" Thanks Bart but you can peddle opinion as facts on a different corner. I'll give you Kudos for giving Obama a break on foreign policy for the day but the drumbeat will continue on schedule and I have no doubt of that.


Robert Perry
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written by bikebubba , May 03, 2011

Nice to see the liberals here using their great skills at personal attacks!

Since their rhetorical skills are so well honed, I guess I'd better help them out a little bit. What the articles--both of them by the way--are pointing out is that companies are facing an increasingly hostile regulatory environment as well as reduced profitability for many common drugs.

In that reality, many firms are simply eliminating these less profitable lines to reduce their chances of being hurt by regulatory action.

Comprende? No?



Barthélemy Barbancourt
In short, no
written by Barthélemy Barbancourt , May 03, 2011

Woody doesn't want to deal with facts. I presented two articles showing not only financial damage done by the BO admin, but real human damage and all Woody can do is attack the messenger.

Drugs supplies are drying up, this is a fact reported by the far left Red Star. Companies don't stop making things that make money. They stop making things that cost more than they are worth and the BO admit had added tons of intangible costs.

This is why our economy is not growing. It will continue to suck until we get a pro-business President, House and Senate.



jk noreen
How could that be?
written by jokin , May 03, 2011

Don't you know that anything in written form that is not on the Daily Kos approved reading list must be mocked and ridiculed!; it would be ludicrous to actually debate any of the evidence as presented in such obviously wingnut sources as American Thinker or the WSJ!


jk noreen
Broad-minded Pauline Salden
written by jokin , May 03, 2011

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written by Ed Salden , May 02, 2011

"People actually listen to Rush?"
(No. 1 radio talk show host of all time...http://www.talkers.com/greatest/index.html)

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written by Pauline Kael, 1973
How did Nixon win? Nobody I know voted for him?

Clearly, two of the most intellectually curious pundits of the last 40 years.







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