As many did in Melbourne this year, R got a dose of persistent coughing, a virus I suppose. His doctor gave him penicillin. He had a bad reaction to it and broke out in a shocking rash. The cure was worse than the disease.
As old fashioned as penicillin is, apparently it is still somewhat of a wonder drug and very effective at treating certain possible life threatening aliments.
I could compile a list of where privatisation of public assets has not worked. This is just one more example.
Back in the good old days we had the Commonwealth Serum Laboratory, a government owned authority set up to produce, investigate and to research drugs. I expect back then the Lab might have even produced penicillin. CSL was privatised and is now answerable to shareholders and not us via our government.
And now we find doctors having to restrict their use of penicillin as there is an insufficient supply for normal use. What sort of third world country are we living in? Why is the supply of penicillin in the hands of CSL when they cannot secure a reliable supply line of the most basic of drugs?
Some things in life are just to important to be left in the hand of the profit makers.