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Ron Paul: FDA Regulations Do As Much Harm As Good

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)Following on Gov. Rick Perry’s call for “some provocative language in this country” during last week’s GOP debate at the Reagan Library, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) said federal drug regulations “don’t take good care of us.”

Paul, a medical doctor (OB/GYN), and the “absolutist in the bunch,” according to NBC debate moderator Brian Williams, defended his privatization agenda on theoretical grounds, before being pressed by Williams on the drug industry specifically.

Playing devil’s advocate, Williams asked Paul: “Would you put it on drug companies to say, ‘No, we’re bringing this to market, trust us, it’s a fantastic drug’?” To which Paul responded, in part, “Who ends up doing the regulations on the drugs? The bureaucrats write the regulations, but who writes the laws? The lobbyists have control, so lobbyists from the drug industry have control of writing the regulations, so you turn it over to the bureaucracy.”

Paul then transitioned from the drug industry to the automotive industry, asking, “Do we need the federal government to tell us whether we [are] buying a safe car?” Somewhere, Ralph Nader grimaced. But are pharmaceuticals unsafe at any speed?

“I will always err on the side of saving lives,” said Perry, defending his decision to mandate HPV vaccinations – namely Merck’s Gardasil – in the state of Texas. “I hate cancer,” he said. Perry mandated HPV vaccination by executive order after a successful lobbying gambit by Merck, but the law was overturned by the state legislature. Paul criticized the move during the debate, and Perry conceded that he could have handled things differently, mentioning that there was an opt-out clause in the vaccination mandate. To which Rick Santorum responded, “How about parental rights being more important than state’s rights? How about having, instead of an opt-out, an opt-in?”

Perry, who at one point during the HPV vaccination discussions said he “kind of feel[s] like the piñata at the party,” mentioned that Texas “passed a $3 billion cancer initiative that same legislative session, of which we’re trying to find over the next 10 years cures to cancer. Cervical cancer is caused by HPV.”

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  1. James
    Posted September 8, 2011 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    An uneven report that favors Perry’s response – a more balanced reporting of both sides would be welcome. You neglect to include the fact that 12 year old girls would be forced under this Perry “mandate” to be vaccinated. Perry did not consult with the legislature – he did it by executive order. Kings and dictators do things that way. Good point by Rick Santorum: “How about parental rights being more important than state’s rights?” How about that? It seems Perry’s view is that the state knows better than you or your parents. What happened to the rights guaranteed by the constitution that made America great? Just a piece of paper (George Bush)? If you believe that, vote for Perry. Daddy knows best. Just do what he says.

  2. Posted September 8, 2011 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    James, thanks for your comment, although it seems to me that I did report the fact that HPV vaccination was mandated in Texas by Gov. Perry, and that the law was passed by executive order.

    Here’s a full transcript of the debate from the New York Times:

  3. Sue
    Posted September 21, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    Caught with his hand in Merck Drugs’ cookie jar, Perry admitted that he had made a mistake.
    According to all the reports that I have read, Perry was involved with Merck Drug, and he was compensated by Merck drugs for his role in “sellling” Gardisol. In plain ol’ language that action is called accepting a bribe. As it turns out that is illegal.

    Now to the fun part:
    Manslaughter defines a death that occurs unintentionally, but through an intentional act, not including situations of self defense or other specific situations. If you’ve done something which has caused another person’s death, and you’ve done whatever you’ve done intentionally, you’re guilty of manslaughter. So, for example, if you push somebody down the stairs, and the person dies, even if you didn’t mean to kill the person, you didn’t take steps to prevent injury or death so you are guilty of manslaughter.

    Incidentally, there is no statute of limitations on any degree of muder or of manslaughter. I know you admitted that you “made a mistake,” Perry, but that won’t get it. I guess since no one else has volunteered to tell you, I’m stuck with that chore. Perry, 1st degree manslaughter is not a mistake. It’s a felony–and there is no statute of limitations.

    I have pointed this out before and will continue to do so. Perry’s “Bad Boy Charm” is not enough to merit taking a chance on having a man with his lack of morals and common decency, a man who so lightly values the lives of others, in any position of authority. Knowing to what extent Perry used his power as Govornor it boggles the mind to think of the distruction this man could, (and just might) wreck on the citizens of America if given the power that comes with the Oval Office,

  4. Zephyr
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    What I don’t understand is why only girls are vaccinated (either voluntarily or not), they won’t get HPV out of the air !

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