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  •  Oh my god! (0+ / 0-)

    Complicated laws have unintended effects 20 years later.

    There are, in a 40 year legislative career, undoubtedly stupid things that Waxman has done.   The Hatch-Waxman act however is not one of them.  It has spurred the creation   of generic drugs and, overall, drastically reduced drug prices.  

    •  There is NO Reason for laws to be "complicated." (0+ / 0-)
      Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure.
      
 — Thomas Jefferson
      Case in point:  The Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and Bill of Rights are written in clear, concise, and easy-to-understand English.  Writing for their audience, Madison, Jefferson, et alia, knew only a few of the people reading it would have a college education.  Some would have what is the equivalent of an education up to about eighth grade.  Still others only an elementary education of a couple of years or so.  Still more would have no education but enough intelligence to understand anything read to them in the town square if someone read the broadsides of any info published.

      Any average person with a grade school education can easily understand our Founding Documents.

      All laws written after our Founding Documents should have been written with as much simplicity.

      You did not understand my point or what happened because of that Hatch-Waxman Act which is the OPPOSITE of what you said.

      It has spurred the creation   of generic drugs and, overall, drastically reduced drug prices.
      The generic drug colchicine (which has been used for 3500 years!) was ALREADY being made as a generic drug, sold at NINE CENTS PER PILL and used with great effect for many, many years.  It is particularly appreciated by gout sufferers (of which I am only one), but it's also used for other health issues (listed on the Wiki page).

      BECAUSE of Hatch-Waxman, a drug company did some fake testing for the FDA that didn't even need doing because proper dosages and side effects for colchicine have been known for thousands of years, they got exclusive rights to ALL profits from colchicine which they renamed Colcrys, kept the same formula, added food coloring, changed the shape of the pill, and increased the price to $4.85 PER PILL, and - by the Hatch-Waxman law - forbid anyone else even making generic colchicine pills for three years!!!

      Ergo, ZERO generic drugs (in the case of colchicine, it had always been a generic because it was in use hundreds of years before the FDA was even created) and ALL profit$$$ to yet another pharmaceutical corporation for three years!  [If it had been a different class of drugs, the number of years of exclusive profits would have been a few years longer; six, IIRC.  It wouldn't surprise me to hear from my pharmacist in the future that colchicine isn't going to be a generic any longer, and all thanks to amendments to this idiotic Hatch-Waxman Act.]

      If these arseholes had created a fancy colored and fancy-shaped drug with the same formula otherwise and wanted to charge a fortune for it, fine.  Fools who don't know better can pay outrageous prices.  It's the FACT that - BY THE HATCH-WAXMAN LAW - the INEXPENSIVE GENERIC DRUG ALREADY BEING MADE WAS TAKEN OFF THE MARKET AND FORBIDDEN FROM BEING MADE FOR THREE YEARS in favor of the profits of a pharmaceutical corporation that rankles me.

      Where are my choices in which drugs to take?  I already know that certain food colors can set off an allergy reaction for me and I actually need the plain white generic pills without food coloring that contain only the medicine I know works.  [As is, my pharmacist has to special-order one of my blood pressure medications that does not contain food dyes because I had an adverse reaction to one they started me on when my high blood pressure and heart condition were first diagnosed.]  What the Hatch-Waxman Act did in the case of colchicine (likely other drugs, too) endangered the lives of people who are allergic to certain food dyes.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 02:47:57 PM PST

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