Last year an outbreak of meningitis killed 53 people in 20 states and sickened more than 720 nationwide. It was caused by a tainted steroid distributed by the New England Compounding Center (NECC), which is part of an obscure $2 billion-a-year niche of the pharmaceutical industry called "compounding pharmacies."
Now some members of Congress are trying to reign in this shadow drug industry. But the industry is fighting back, using its political clout to resist federal standards.
In her Congressional testimony from 1959, Eleanor Roosevelt noted the repetitive quality of objections raised by minimum wage opponents over the previous five decades. More than 50 years later, it appears that nothing has changed. Our new report, published with the National Employment Law Project, documents the rhetorical onslaught launched by minimum wage opponents over the past 100 years.