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Is the human condition becoming more unequal? Many assert it is, but their focus is almost exclusively on economic inequality. This is problematic. Income is not the only important measure of human well-being and life chances. Consider two global revolutions that are improving the human condition and making it more equal: Life expectancy and educational attainment.
People may well compare car performance figures before buying, but I doubt many patients even think of doing so when it comes to medicines and drugs. The reason is that they trust the regulators (and their doctor) to ensure that all products work properly on the market. But why should a regulator of medicines be better than any other bureaucrat in any other field?
Are American patients taking unsafe medicines from Asia? Even posing that question is leading to unusually public confrontations between scientists and physicians on one side and the Food and Drug Administration on the other.
There is a growing concern that American patients are unknowingly being given unsafe medicines from overseas. Yet with nearly 3 billion prescriptions filled every year in the United States, everyone agrees that the U.S. drug supply is generally safe.
The drug quality lapses in India—which supplies more drugs to the United States than any other country—have become so unnerving that U.S. physicians are for the first time publicly voicing concern.
Tanzanian authorities and INTERPOL have just made a major seizure of fake and substandard drugs. While good news, it's a stark reminder that Africa remains ground zero in the global war on bad medicine.
Evidence is mounting that some pharmaceutical manufacturers in countries like India cut corners and send low-quality products to major, developed markets. Worse still, they may have separate production lines for drugs they sell in developing markets like Africa, where poor quality is more likely to go unnoticed.
Substandard and falsified medicines are major global health challenges that cause unnecessary morbidity and mortality around the world and threaten to undermine recent progress against infectious diseases by facilitating the emergence of drug resistance.
Please join AEI for a conversation among several contributors to the new volume “Teacher Quality 2.0: Toward a New Era in Education Reform” (Harvard Education Press, 2014), edited by Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane. Panelists will discuss the intersection of teacher-quality policy and innovation, exploring roadblocks and possibilities.