Regulatory Solutions to the Problem of High Generic Drug Costs

Open Forum Infect Dis. 2015 Nov 13;2(4):ofv179. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofv179. eCollection 2015 Dec.


Recent reports have highlighted dramatic price increases for several older generic drugs, including a number of essential products used to treat deadly infectious diseases. Although most of these medicines have been widely available at reasonable prices for decades, some manufacturers have seized on unique features of the pharmaceutical marketplace to seek substantial profits. In this Perspective, we examine limitations in current price regulation among public and private payors and consider several reforms that could address the problem of expensive generic drugs through improved competition.

Keywords: FDA; drug costs; drug prices; generic drugs.