Bush Drug Policy: The Fox watching the Hen House
Why does the latest story about the Bush Administration not surprise me? Am I becoming jaded to the corruption of this Administration that supports and passes Medicare Drug bills that prevent the Government from even negotiating with Drug Companies?
The New York Times reported recently that:
Ten of the 32 government drug advisers who last week endorsed continued marketing of the huge-selling pain pills Celebrex, Bextra and Vioxx have consulted in recent years for the drugs' makers, according to disclosures in medical journals and other public records.
Did this affect the review of these drugs?
If the 10 advisers had not cast their votes, the committee would have voted 12 to 8 that Bextra should be withdrawn and 14 to 8 that Vioxx should not return to the market. The 10 advisers with company ties voted 9 to 1 to keep Bextra on the market and 9 to 1 for Vioxx's return.
Why should we surprised when drug companies write the rules that prevent the government from negotiating for better prices? Isn't it also reasonable that they should control the very panels designed to rule on the safety of medication for Americans?
This is not about conservative. This is not about liberal. This is not about values. This is about lying and stealing and failing to protect the American public from unsafe medications. This is simply shameful behavior by this President and his Administration. America deserves better!