May 26, 2017

The new FDA chief has a plan for taking on drug prices

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Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb says he's figured out a few things the FDA can do to help control rising drug prices, even though that issue isn't specifically part of the agency's mission. Business Insider has a good rundown of what he proposed at yesterday's House subcommittee hearing on FDA funding for next year:

  • Keep drug companies from gaming the system to win more time without competition.
  • Help get complex generic drugs to market more quickly.
  • Cut the backlog of generic drugs waiting for approval.

Why it matters: Republicans are counting on Gottlieb to help them achieve their goal: bring down drug prices through market competition, not through government intervention.

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