As a followup on my libertarian case for prescription laws, I note this recent story on Indian superbugs that are totally antibiotic-resistant:
India’s $12.4 billion pharmaceutical industry manufactures almost a third of the world’s antibiotics, and people use them so liberally that relatively benign and beneficial bacteria are becoming drug immune in a pool of resistance that thwarts even high-powered antibiotics, the so-called remedies of last resort.
So this is not just a domestic problem, but an international one. Drug-resistant bacteria are now spreading across the globe. Soon we may re-enter the dark age when “[t]hings as common as strep throat or a child’s scratched knee could once again kill,” in the words of WHO chief Margaret Chan. If the Indian government is not going to regulate antibiotics on its own initiative, other governments need to impose sanctions on it in order to force it to do so.