Saturday, October 16, 2004

With Few Suppliers of Flu Shots, Shortage Was Long in Making

I'd have liked to see an estimated break-even cost vs the rise in price from 1996. It means nothing without knowing what the break even cost is.

My favorite quote from the article is:

The government cannot force companies to make vaccines, however. Legally, of course, manufacturers are free to quit the business. But, Dr. Redlener said, "When there is a vital public health issue at stake here like protection against the flu, that's not good enough." The government, he added, "had an ethical obligation to work with manufacturers."

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