In a free society, individuals should be free to care for their physical well-being as they see fit, which includes the freedom to choose the medical treatments they think best. Such liberty does not open the door for fraud or abuse any more than does a free market in other products. In fact, informed consent by patients will become more sophisticated as the market for information about medical treatments becomes more free and open.

More on FDA and Drug Regulation

Commentary

Will America’s Drug Lobby Destroy the TPP?

By K. William Watson. National Interest (Online). August 16, 2015.

The New Front in the Global War on Drugs

By Ted Galen Carpenter. National Interest (Online). June 29, 2015.

Synthetic Drugs Are Very Dangerous. Let’s Legalize Them.

By Ted Galen Carpenter. Washington Post. June 18, 2015.

Cato Studies

Avoiding Medicare’s Pharmaceutical Trap

By Doug Bandow. Policy Analysis No. 556. November 30, 2005.

Treating Doctors as Drug Dealers: The DEA’s War on Prescription Painkillers

By Ronald T. Libby. Policy Analysis No. 545. June 6, 2005.

Health Care Regulation: A $169 Billion Hidden Tax

By Christopher J. Conover. Policy Analysis No. 527. October 4, 2004.

Public Filings

United States v. DeCoster

By Matthew G. Kaiser, Patrick N. Forrest, Ilya Shapiro, & Randal John Meyer. Legal Briefs. July 27, 2015.

New York v. Actavis plc

By Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. January 15, 2015.

Ter Beek v. City of Wyoming

By Robert Mikos. Legal Briefs. August 20, 2013.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Regulating Medical LDTs

Henry I. Miller. Regulation. Summer 2015.

Drugmakers’ Unwelcome Surprise

Thomas A. Hemphill. Regulation. Summer 2015.

Concerns about Federal GMO Food Legislation

Henry I. Miller and Drew L. Kershen. Regulation. Spring 2015.

Events

The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran

Featuring Michael D. Tanner. March 26, 2014. Book Forum.

Drug Reimportation: The Free-Market Solution

Featuring . September 20, 2004. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Resolved: Congress Should Remove the Ban on Drug Reimportation

Featuring Roger Pilon. March 30, 2004. Policy Forum.