FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb sets some goals: Find ways to lower drug prices, use new tech to speed development
Scott Gottlieb started his first full week as FDA commissioner by laying out some goals and guidelines for the agency now under his direction, hoping to alleviate some concerns he’s been hearing about the future. In an all-hands speech to staff on Monday, Gottlieb reiterated some now familiar themes on what he hopes to accomplish, and how everyone at the FDA is now expected to lend a hand.
Aside from some health initiatives on smoking and combating the opioid addiction crisis in the country, Gottlieb pledged to find new ways to lower drug prices, pushing through complex generics and biosimilars while laying the groundwork to prevent any more sweetheart deals to delay the arrival of low-cost knockoffs, implying that he’s preparing to take action on that front.
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