National Newswatch

Precaution can kill—during a pandemic and beyond

Aug 21 2020 — Pierre Lemieux and William F. Shughart II — Proof that anything will have absolutely no harmful consequences is—well, impossible. But it’s pretty much the touchstone that government agencies in the European Union and the United States use to regulate chemical compounds—including medicines. It’s as if everything were forbidden unless explicitly permitted. The result? A life-threatening stifling of innovation. And that was true before […]