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Richard Epstein video: Off-label drug use, the FDA, and the First Amendment

And now, for a little light entertainment, the inimitable Richard Epstein. 1:06.

The YouTube description:

Published on Jan 29, 2013

On January 15, 2013, Stanford’s Center for Law and the Biosciences welcomed distinguished legal scholar Richard Epstein to campus for the talk “The FDA, Off Label Use, and the First Amendment.”

Epstein discussed the Second Circuit’s decision United States v. Caronia, which held that the longstanding ban on off-label promotion violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and the future of drug regulation.


  1. Paul Marks says:


    The FDA (especially since the changes made to it in the early 1960s) has done a vast amount of harm.

  2. Julie near Chicago says:

    Yeah. *Sigh*…I wish he were half so good on RKBA, “the Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” a.k.a. the Second Amendment.

  3. Paul Marks says:

    Quite so.

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