Will More Regulation Create Cheaper Drugs?
The idea of reducing drug prices through more government control is always simmering on the backburner and doesn’t require much to bring it to a full boil. Two recent actions turned up the heat to full blast. The response is often calls for more regulation, but ever increasing regulation benefits established players, which while inconvenienced, can afford to play the game. Start-ups can’t survive in endless oceans of red-tape that increase their costs while restricting market entry. Before rushing to impose more federal control, it might be wise to ask if government regulations inadvertently contribute to the problem.