Baseball Crank
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October 19, 2004
POLITICS: Flu The Coop

Kevin Drum reviews the various possibilities for why we are dependent on a single company with British-based facilities to make flue vaccines. (Link via Instapundit). Drum's answers are reasonable - he focuses on the burdens of FDA regulation as compared to British regulations - although I think he discounts the product liability lawsuit problem and the incentives it creates to have vaccines manufactured by an overseas subsidiary. In either case, the landscape Drum reviews - narrow profit margins squeezed by fluctuating demand, a demanding regulatory regime and serious litigation risks - is entirely irreconcilable with the picture of drug companies commonly painted by Democrats in general and the Kerry campaign in particular.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:09 AM | Politics 2004 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Oh, I really loved this from Drum:

" The FDA has a famously tight regulatory regime, made even tighter in the late 90s, and as a result the United States has only two approved manufacturers of flu vaccine while Britain has half a dozen. "

And whose fault would that be?:

Posted by: Patrick R. Sullivan at October 19, 2004 10:23 AM
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