Maybe Not Such a Great Idea

A new law Congress is considering would give the Pentagon, not the Food and Drug Administration, the final word on what new drugs could be dispensed on an emergency basis to soldiers in the field. The drugs wouldn’t need to go through the FDA; the generals would decide.

 

The Curmudgeon doesn’t know about you, but he’s not crazy about the idea of guys like this fellow…

 

And this fellow…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this fellow making such decisions.

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  • pastorbeetle  On November 15, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Yo, Curm…
    I agree that the proposal is not such a great idea. In fact, it’s an horrible idea! But… (You knew there was a “but” coming…)
    I confess to a tiny little hair of resentment rising on the back of my neck that Gomer, Klinger and Forrest were your examples.
    First, as a private, sergeant and a PFC* respectively they wouldn’t be making the decision, generals would, as you point out. Second, as a retired veteran of the Air Force (Master Sergeant), there are many serving who could intellectually make that decision wisely – we’re not all Pyles, Klingers and Gumps.
    Still, wisely or no, qualifications for making such unqualified decisions would be in question with disastrous and deadly results!**
    Maybe I’m being too sensitive, but I wanted to toss in my two cents.

    *Gump apparently got busted for something. He was wearing Sergeant when he received the MoH, but was a PFC at discharge. Hmmm.

    **But then, look who the Commander in Chief is!

    Keep up the great work!

    • foureyedcurmudgeon  On November 15, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      You make a good point. I debated the photos in my own mind before posting them. While Klinger may not be qualified to make that kind of decision, in theory, Hawkeye or Colonel Potter might – but only “might,” I think. My impression is that the whole debate comes down to just one product: freeze-dried plasma. The military wants it, the FDA is performing its due diligence on it, and the military brass prodded members of Congress into pursuing an overreach of epic proportions. This is about science, not common sense, and I think scientists should be making these decisions but that there should perhaps be some compromise to hasten the use of this one product in the field. Rest assured, though, that I had no intention to offend; I was merely exaggerating to make a point (much as I have, on several occasions, referred to small-town law enforcement by invoking Barney Fife).

  • pastorbeetle  On November 15, 2017 at 11:38 am

    But I grant you that it was still funny…

    • foureyedcurmudgeon  On November 15, 2017 at 11:48 am

      This administration has LOTS of funny ideas. In fact, it’s fast becoming the Shecky Greene of administrations.

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