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NBER Working Papers and Publications

December 2019The Geography of Prescription Pharmaceuticals Supplied to the U.S.: Levels, Trends and Implications
with Yashna Shivdasani, Rena M. Conti, Ernst R. Berndt: w26524
Prescription pharmaceuticals are frequently used consumer products, whose manufacturing location is commonly held as a trade secret by firms and U.S. regulatory agencies. Here we use previously non-publicly available data to describe levels and trends in the manufacturing locations of the most commonly used prescription pharmaceuticals, off-patent generic drugs, intended to be consumed by Americans. We find that the base ingredients required for the manufacturing of these prescription drugs are overwhelmingly and increasingly manufactured in non-domestic locations, specifically India and China. The manufacturing of finished prescription drugs for the American market is equally split between domestic and foreign locations, but is increasingly foreign as well. The growing American reliance o...

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