The law of unintended consequences is a warning that an intervention in a complex system tends to create unanticipated and often undesirable outcomes
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) claimed by its sponsors to be the answer to protecting the intellectual property of Americans—an admirable goal—is the latest example that will without doubt lead to unintended consequences that will affect the health and well-being of millions of Americans by denying them access to safe, affordable medicines from reputable pharmacies in countries outside the U.S. .
Furthermore, the proposed legislation will not meet its goals, because it will create an unworkable and vague enforcement trigger that does not rely upon a system of law and courts, but instead that allows the Justice Department to cede to private entities the right to initiate action against individuals or websites, with such action carrying with it an assumption of guilt of the party being charged.
I shall leave it to Constitutional experts to illustrate the questionable constitutionality of SOPA. However, I believe it almost certainly will be used as a weapon against free speech and differences of opinion by some who will claim that a promotion of a product or service t violates the intellectual property right of the entity making the charge.
This includes, but is not limited to, the Pharmaceutical industry (Pharma)—an industry whose pricing practices have imposed the highest-cost drugs in the World upon Americans.
This has led to Americans using their common sense and exercising their right—and ability—to make personal health care decisions for more than a decade to purchase safe, affordable medicines. These are the very same ones that would cost at much as 60 percent more,if purchased in the U.S., rather than from reputable sources in other countries, countries whose standards of safety and efficacy meet or exceed those of the United States.