How Big Government Can Kill

When you have a story involving (a) a person who has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, who (b) tries an experimental drug in order to make radiation treatments more effective so that his last days will not be too painful, (c) finds a few weeks later that the experimental drug in question eliminated all signs of cancer from his body, and (d) remains in “perfect health” nearly a decade later, you expect that (e) the Food and Drug Administration will take the hint and ensure that other people similarly situated will also be able to use that drug in order to at least find some comfort in their final days, and possibly in order to get themselves cured.

Instead, the FDA has taken the drug completely off the market. And as Jim Epstein’s story makes clear, there is no good reason whatsoever for the decision to withdraw the drug.

And you wonder why I prefer smaller government.