House Ways and Means Committee Chair Jason Smith (R-MO) (Francis Chung/POLITICO via AP Images)

Be­hind gener­ic drug short­ages, House com­mit­tee points to lack­lus­ter man­u­fac­tur­ing and high prices

The see­saw be­tween ques­tion­able gener­ic drug man­u­fac­tur­ing and rock bot­tom prices took the spot­light at a House Ways and Means Com­mit­tee hear­ing on chron­ic drug short­ages Tues­day morn­ing.

“Poor man­u­fac­tur­ing qual­i­ty is the lead­ing dri­ver of chron­ic short­ages and it’s the most pre­ventable,” Com­mit­tee Chair Ja­son Smith (R-MO) said at the start of the hear­ing. The com­mit­tee turned to six ex­perts from in­dus­try and acad­e­mia to un­der­stand po­ten­tial so­lu­tions.

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