ARTICLE | Politics, Policy & Law

August ramblings

August 23, 1993 7:00 AM UTC

Thoughts as the dog days of summer begin to wind down:

While the specter of mandatory drug price controls seems to be evaporating from President Clinton's health plan, a government watchdog on pricing decisions looks to be in the cards. The optimistic scenario is that the watchdog will be armed only with a jawbone, which it would wave around if it found self-restraint lacking among the drug companies. Of course, anything can happen once Congress gets hold of the idea. Biotech companies will want to monitor the permutations closely because, at the least, the reporting requirements will raise the cost of drug development. ...