[In Italy] small proposals bring protesters to the streets, one hurdle to
making changes as protected interests seek to preserve themselves.
Pharmacists shut their doors this year when the government threatened
to allow supermarkets to sell aspirin. The cost for just 20 aspirin
tablets at a pharmacy is $5.75.
That is from an excellent article in the NYTimes on Italy’s malaise. We may snicker when we think that Italians couldn’t buy aspirin at the supermarket but our prescription-only system isn’t much better. Kerry Howley, writing in Reason, says Basta!