A commenter to this post said:
What they need to do is stop the direct to consumer advertising, like all the other countries, with the exception of New Zealand.
The advertisements for prescription drugs directed at private citizens put a lie to the theory that market forces will encourage businesses to act morally (remember that private citizens cannot purchase prescriptions drugs without a prescription; all they can do is pester their doctors for prescriptions).
Market forces encourage business to sell more stuff using any means possible.
Note that this article talks about the FDA’s failure to regulate. If the FDA is failing to regulate (and it is), it is not because the persons who work there don’t care.
It’s because 30 years of Republican Economic Theory and Faith in the Fee Hand of the Market have spayed the FDA.
The FDA is a gelding, as are most other regulatory agencies.
Republicans, under the tutelage of their corporate masters, have made it so.