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University of Chicago law professor Richard Epstein is one of the most influential legal scholars of the 20th century. In this enlightening video, he explains the flaws in the FDA's broken regulatory process and their consequences for patients.

Among the many excellent points he makes are:
  • By causing unconscionable delays in getting drugs to the market, the net effect of the FDA's current regulatory policies is mass suffering and death.
  • The widespread successful use of drugs for off-label purposes, which accounts for 80% of all prescription, proves that the medical community is able self-regulate adequately.
  • The centerpiece of the FDA's regulatory crucible, the clinical trial, is an arbitrary standard of evidence and not rationally required for the sake of ensuring patient well-being.
 
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