Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Case of Murder?

The death of a 2-year-old Houston boy from a rare infection blamed on contaminated alcohol wipes may be only the first casualty tied to allegedly shoddy sterilization practices by a Wisconsin medical products firm.


We can learn several things from this case. First, the regulatory model in this country is broken. Examine the time line between the inspections, the death of the child, and the recall. The latest installment in this tragedy is the Republicans want to curtail regulation and inspections.

The other aspect of this tragedy is the white-collar crime is violent crime. At least one death has been attributed to the deliberate indifference of the manufacturer. Will these misanthropes face criminal charges? Based on past history, it is doubtful. 

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