The Manhattan Institute asked a number of experts in health care policy to provide brief words of advice to the new FDA commissioner. Here is one bit from yours truly:
The most difficult but valuable pharmaceutical policy for the new administration will be to resist the temptation to impose price controls. Price controls promise lower prices but the cost is fewer new drugs and diminished medical progress. Moreover, the promise is illusory. Since new drugs typically lower total health care costs (by reducing time in hospital) price controls will raise total health care costs. Prizes and patent buyouts, two innovative ways of reducing pharmaceutical prices while maintaining incentives to develop new drugs, should be investigated and tested.
Henry Miller, Paul Rubin and Mary Woolley also comment.