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The Case for Regulatory Reform in the Business and Healthcare Environments

Author: MUSTAFA Z. YOUNIS, BELAL BARHEM, SAMIR HAMIDI, JOSEPH INUNGU, GWENDOLYN S. PRATER, and ARTHUR OKEEFE
Published in JHHSA, Vol. 32 No. 3

Government regulations affect corporations and consumers on a daily basis. For example, environmental and safety regulations in the workplace are administrated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under the Department of Labor. OSHA sets and enforces standards in work environment to ensure the safety and health of workers. Other regulatory agencies, such as the National Highway and Transportation Agency (NHTSA), oversee the transportation and the safety of the automobile and truck industry. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plays a major role in approving new drugs on the market and in monitoring drug safety, and it has the power to remove drugs from the market if they are proved to be safety and health problems to the public. However, the mere existence of these regulations often causes impediments to businesses, and the extent of their ultimate usefulness is examined and analyzed in this paper.

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