Saturday, March 11, 2006



Fact 1: The USA PATRIOT Act renewal will place into a federal law a requirement that medications containing pseudoephedrine be placed behind the counter.

Fact 2: V For Vendetta debuts next weekend.

For what it's worth, there's already some bullshit in Michigan that requires products containing pseudoephedrine to be placed behind the counter. What this means is that stores which don't have a pharmacy have simply stopped selling products with that active ingredient, while those stores that do have a pharmacist can only sell those products when the pharmacy is open. Go to the store late at night to get medication for a family member (as I tried to do for my wife last month), and your selection is greatly limited.

For as much as I get uptight about Bill Of Rights stuff, it's really these sort of issues that represent a real loss of freedom in our country. What was that about the law of Unintended Consequences?

I think the decision was about access not convenience. Sure the unintended consequence was the creation of an inconvenience, but at least they maintained (limited) access. The FDA probably could have pulled the ingredient all together, although I don't know what kind of precedent there is for something like that. Personally, I'm glad that it’s now available in a bottle and not in those silly blister packs!
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