Some F.D.A. Links

by Don Boudreaux on August 1, 2011

in FDA, History, Man of System, Nanny State, Regulation, Risk and Safety

Here are six links to scholarly work (including videos starring my GMU Econ colleague Alex Tabarrok) supporting the presumption that markets will more reliably protect people against harm on the pharmaceutical front – harm both from pharmaceuticals that people actually consume and harm from the failure or inability to consume pharmaceuticals:

A cornucopia of resources, assembled by my colleagues Dan Klein and Alex Tabarrok, of materials on the F.D.A.

The first of a series of videos of Alex discussing the F.D.A.

An EconTalk podcast with Sam Peltzman (and see the links that Russ includes at the EconTalk site).

Robert Higgs’s 1995 paper on the F.D.A.’s lethal regulation of medical devices.

Charles Hooper and David Henderson on the F.D.A.’s war on drugs.

Also, my GMU colleague Jack High – now in GMU’s School of Public Policy – wrote several papers about 20 years ago on the not-so-reassuring origins of the Pure Food Act.  See, for example, Jack’s paper with Clayton Coppin entitled “Wiley and the Whiskey Industry: Strategic Behavior in the Passage of the Pure Food Act,” Business History Review (Summer 1988), Vol. 62, pp. 286-309.


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