Pharmaceutical manufacturing efficiency, drug prices, and public health: Examining the causal links

John A. Vernon, W. Keener Hughen, Antonio J. Trujillo

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Abstract

There are important fundamental links among the efficiency of pharmaceutical manufacturing, drug prices, and public health in the United States. This article seeks to probe these links because recent research (by academics and even the US Food and Drug Administration) suggests there are significant opportunities to improve the manufacturing processes for pharmaceuticals. Two models are developed that consider the impact of reduced manufacturing costs on pharmaceutical prices and firm profits. The two models effectively bound the range of potential future benefits from greater manufacturing efficiency and estimate that, for example, a 30% reduction in manufacturing costs will generate between $1.0 and $ 12.3 trillion in social value to the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-239
Number of pages11
JournalDrug Information Journal
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Drug prices
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • R&D

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (nursing)
  • Drug guides
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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