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.

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Drug Rebates Do Not Increase Costs to Consumers

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A Deadly Grip: Wisconsin’s Opioid Scourge: Its Origins and Possible Solutions

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Public Filings

Public Comment to the Maryland House Health Committee Related to SB 1035 Cross-filed with HB 1039

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Public Comment on SB 1035, Relating to the Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Site Programs

By Jeffrey A. Singer. Public Comments. February 4, 2019.

Merck v. Albrecht

By Erik S. Jaffe, Gene C. Schaerr, Ilya Shapiro, & Trevor Burrus. Legal Briefs. November 21, 2018.

Cato Reviews & Journals

USDA Reform: Help Rural America by Freeing Scientific Innovation

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Why Can’t Food Be Genetically Engineered and Organic?

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USDA Is Supposed to Regulate Animal Health, Not Animal Happiness

Henry I. Miller and Jeff Stier. Regulation. Summer 2018.


Harm Reduction: Shifting from a War on Drugs to a War on Drug-Related Deaths

Featuring Trevor Burrus, Clark Neily, Jeffrey A. Singer, Jeffrey Miron, Michael F. Cannon, Darwin Fisher, Edward G. Rendell, Maia Szalavitz, Donald S. Burke, Daniel Ciccarone, & Beau Kilmer. March 21, 2019. Conference.

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Featuring Nina Teicholz and Terence Kealey. February 28, 2019. Policy Forum.

Overturning the FDA’s Gag Rule

Featuring Howard Root, Christina Sandefur, Jessica Flanigan, & Michael F. Cannon. February 7, 2018. Policy Forum.