A dispute has erupted within the pharmaceutical industry over how to respond to a government proposal in South Africa to allow local manufacturers to copy brand-name drugs and sell them in the country at a lower cost.
House Republicans are probing whether the White House and Democrats in Congress were promised political support from drugmakers in exchange for limiting what the industry would be asked to contribute under the 2010 health- care overhaul, according to a memo.
Drugmakers may push to boost U.S. government spending on prescription drugs even as the U.S. Congress seeks to reduce health-care spending, according to internal documents from the industry’s top lobbying group.
The U.S. risks losing thousands of research jobs as countries led by Singapore, Ireland and South Africa boost incentives to woo drugmakers, said John Castellani, head of a pharmaceutical industry lobbying group.
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