Thursday, October 14, 2004

Welcome to socialized medicine

Hat tip to Michelle Malkin for writing about the governmental attempts to hold down artificially the price of flu shots, with the result that flu shots are harder to obtain and drug companies are abandoning any attempt to supply vaccines.

We now see another side effect of this governmental interference. The Washington Times reports that flu vaccines have been stolen to be sold on the black market.

Dr. David Roos reported the theft of the vaccine from refrigerated compartments at his office in Aurora during the weekend, the Rocky Mountain News reported.

"I just can't believe anybody would do this," he said. "It means it probably is on the black market somewhere."

Roos doubted any doctors or hospitals would buy the stolen doses because they know the danger of drugs in the wrong hands. The vials must be refrigerated at the right temperature to maintain their effectiveness


1) Price controls cause shortages.

2) Shortages result in theft, panic, black markets, etc.

Tell the government to keep its hands off of prices. Freely fluctuating prices are the life blood of the economy.

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