U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) says it's time to let the government manufacture generic drugs but a former FDA official says that task is best left to the private sector.
Sen. Warren has introduced a bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish an Office of Drug Manufacturing.
"In market after market, competition is dying as a handful of giant companies spend millions to rig the rules, insulate themselves from accountability, and line their pockets at the expense of American families," Warren said in a news release picked up by Politico.
"One of the things that would be the problem with that is I believe the prices would go up," Dr. David Gortler, a former FDA official, tells OneNewsNow. "Plus, I'm not aware of anything the government can do more efficiently than the private sector can."
The is one thing about the bill that Gortler "very loosely" supports, which is manufacturing the drugs in the United States.
"A major problem in the U.S. right now," he advises, "is that at least 80 percent of our generic drugs that you get from pharmacies are coming from overseas sweat shop countries including India, China, and the Middle East."