Osama's worst nightmare
Bleeding hearts and unintended consequences

First do no harm

Link: Marginal Revolution: Rx for OTC.

Why aren't more pharmaceuticals available over the counter?  In other words, why must we pay the priestly caste known as physicians for the right to treat ourselves?  "Safety," we are told (second only to "for the children" as an excuse for giving up liberty).  But, as Sam Peltzman pointed out long ago, safety runs both ways.  Not getting a pharmaceutical because it's too expensive and time consuming to go through a doctor has adverse safety consequences and there is no evidence that the costs of potential mistreatment outweigh the costs of undertreatment.  (In anycase, politics not safety is often the reason for restrictions on OTC drugs e.g. the morning after pill.)

I agree completely. There is no reason why doctors should dictate what medicines we can take! Whatever happened to the principle: "First do no harm"?

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NYgirl

Completely agree. It will help to bring down the cost of care & raise the quality of care.

G lammert

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