Importing failure

George Santayana observed that "Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim." What else can explain the feverish insistence of the supporters of drug importation to press on in the face of a comprehensive and well-documented report that concludes that importation of medicines from price controlled countries is not only a form of price controls, but a form of price controls that doesn't even save money, which was the point of importation in the first place?

By Robert Goldberg
January 03, 2005

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