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October 19, 2006

Health Wonk Review Part 2

In yesterday's installment, I forgot some fine participants. In today's, I make amends. First and foremost is Joe Paduda, the granddaddy of these little blog roundups, who has a parting shot at Mark McClellan. If you don't know what practice pattern variation is, I suggest you go find out -- Paduda's got the scoop.

Elsewhere, Adam Fein notes that the drug reimportation movement is gaining momentum. If you want to understand how screwed-up our health system is, try to wrap your head around the fact that a major political issue is the legality of purchasing drugs that are produced in America by American companies from Canadian retailers because our high prices subsidize their low ones.

Over at HealthVoices, Hippocrates thinks he knows what hospitals are for. Craig Lefebvre (who needs some more vowels in his name) thinks we're all emotional telepaths. And in the non-wonky, actually useful post of the review, Vreni Gurd wants you to microwave your dishtowels. Don't argue. It's science.

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Great Blog!

Re: Vreni Gurd:

That's why I use paper towels, anti-environmental terrorist that I am. :)

Posted by: Brian Miller | Oct 19, 2006 11:57:53 AM

Thank you for including my post. However, I want to note that your pejorative description misrepresents the viewpoint of my post.

My post highlights the fact that the importation movement is about political expediency and blithely ignores the realities of profit-seeking distribution channel intermediaries.

Drug diversion is the entry point for every situation involving counterfeit drugs going into legitimate pharmacies. By definition, importation is diversion. As I noted in September, "reimportation" and "homeland security" are strange bedfellows.

I have many posts on my blog with additional details and citations:

Drug Channels blog -- Counterfeiting posts

Otherwise, nice job on the review.


Posted by: Adam J. Fein | Oct 19, 2006 2:21:04 PM

My commentary wasn't a representation of your post, it was my commentary on reimportation. My description of your post was "Elsewhere, Adam Fein notes that the drug reimportation movement is gaining momentum." Which, it seemed to me, you did.

Posted by: Ezra | Oct 19, 2006 3:20:06 PM

It seems sorta unlikely that high drug prices in the US subsidise low prices in Canada.

Surely the drug companies sell for a profit wherever and whenever they can.

The profits may or may not be higher in the US than in Canada -- but some evidence on the question would help. Given that costs, including the massive costs of political lobbying, vary from country to country, there's no reason to suppose one way or the other.

Posted by: David Lloyd-Jones | Oct 19, 2006 3:38:19 PM

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