Salon reports that the recent meningitis outbreak in the U.S. can be traced to Mitt Romney’s failure to regulate pharmaceutical companies when he served as governor of Massachusetts. We're taking a closer look at this interesting story from the Current community. Check it out and add your two cents:
Submitted by letsliveinpeace
The fatal meningitis epidemic that has already killed 25 has been linked to New England Compounding Co., the pharmaceutical company that Romney's administration failed to regulate. The pharmaceutical company repeatedly failed to meet regulatory standards in 2004, but Romney's administration withdrew a reprimand and shortened a probation after the company said it would hurt its business.
"It goes directly to the heart of what Romney says about regulation, 'Hands off. Let the companies do their thing,'" said Alyson Oliver, a Michigan attorney representing victims of the outbreak. According to Oliver, on at least six occasions, NECC was cited by authorities for failure to meet regulatory standards and almost subjected to a three-year probation.
"When the person who is supposed to be in charge of oversight does not believe oversight is necessary, this is what happens," Oliver added.
"The philosophy of the Romney administration was to have lax regulations across the board," Philip Johnston, a former secretary of health and human services in Massachusetts before the Romney administration, told Salon.
Michael Tomasky, special correspondent for Newsweek and the Daily Beast, joins Jennifer Granholm in “The War Room” to talk about Mitt Romney’s effort to appear bipartisan in the final days of campaigning.
The community responds:
letsliveinpeace: "Greedy man… doesn't care about anyone just profit, the biggest liar to ever run for president."
artemis6: "-- because, to SOME people profit is more important than life... and they are psychopaths."
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