Top Policy Expert’s Ties To Giant Drugmaker Often Go Unstated

(By Sarah Jane Tribble for Kaiser Health News)

When Dr. Mark McClellan sat for an in-depth 30-minute question-and-answer session at an April health policy forum, the audience was filled with top researchers, advocates and Capitol Hill staffers eager to hear what insight the former head of the Food and Drug Administration would dispense.

He did not disappoint.

In response to a question about how competition might drive down the cost of new drugs made from living cells, McClellan said, “That is a great example of where more clarity from FDA about what exactly is required could potentially open up more biosimilar competition.” Continue reading article here…

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