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Study: Price Controls Could Harm Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

The pharmaceutical manufacturing industry is a critical piece of the U.S. economy, creating well-paying, valuable STEM jobs and contributing large sums in value-added output. However, federal price controls could threaten these benefits, according to a new study from the NAM.

What’s going on: The analysis, “Creating Cures, Saving Lives,” was released Wednesday and analyzes the industry’s contributions to the overall economy, as well as ways in which it could be affected by federal price control policies, such as those in last year’s Inflation Reduction Act.

  • In August, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it had chosen the first 10 drugs for prescription-cost negotiations required by the legislation.
  • Last month, all 10 manufacturers “agreed to participate essentially because they had no choice,” according to reporting by The Hill.

Why it’s important: Controls on drug prices jeopardize innovation and competitiveness—which is why the NAM has long opposed them.

  • What’s more, pharmaceutical manufacturing is a major contributor to the U.S. economy, and government regulations should help, not hinder, it.
  • “Pharmaceutical manufacturers … employ millions of Americans and drive innovation,” said NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray. “The industry’s investments in R&D have led to lifesaving treatments and therapies that have improved the quality of life for all Americans. This study explores the negative implications of price control policies on pharmaceutical leadership, putting American jobs and innovation in the health care system at risk.”

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