Pharmaceutical Industry WANTS Government Bureaucrats to Meddle in the Marketplace
I sure wish these corporate VIPs would make up their minds whether they want the government ON or OFF their backs. A new law in Maine allows pharmacies in the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand to export prescription medicines, through the mail, to Maine residents for their personal use. In other words, the “invisible hand of the marketplace,” right?
Apparently, Big Pharm would rather have a bunch of “job-killing regulations.” The State of Maine is being sued by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the Maine Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and Retail Association of Maine. These pharmaceutical companies are terrified of a little competition. Help! Bring on the Nanny State.
Maine’s attorney general, Janet Mills, responded to the lawsuit with:
“Maine is free to choose not to regulate the conduct of pharmacies located in other countries.”
Makes sense to me.
This is sort of a dilemma for Republican politicians. What to do: Live up to their “free enterprise” “personal responsibility” rhetoric, or bend over for their johns in the pharmaceutical industry?