Bloomberg Law
July 7, 2020, 4:12 PM

Trump May Use Defense Powers to Require Domestic Drug Production

Anna Edney
Anna Edney
Bloomberg News
Kevin Cirilli
Kevin Cirilli
Bloomberg News

President Donald Trump may use his executive powers to require pharmaceutical companies to make drugs domestically to counter Americans’ dependence on overseas manufacturing, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said.

“The coronavirus pandemic brought home that core elements of our medical-supply chain are just as strategic to our national security as, say, nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers are, and have to be treated with that same kind of approach, which is to say that we have core domestic manufacturing capabilities” Azar said in an interview with Bloomberg Radio on Tuesday.

“It might mean that we have to use our ...

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