Bring Manufacturing Back, Orders Obama

January 25, 2012
Angie Drakulich

Angie Drakulich was editorial director of Pharmaceutical Technology.

Last night, President Obama issued a call to action for manufacturers that involves reducing outsourcing. His 2012 State of the Union address provided a blueprint for rebuilding America’s economy-and a large component is of that plan is to bring manufacturing back to the US.

Last night, President Obama issued a call to action for manufacturers that involves reducing outsourcing. His 2012 State of the Union address provided a blueprint for rebuilding America’s economy-and a large component is of that plan is to bring manufacturing back to the US. “Tonight, my message to business leaders is simple: Ask yourselves what you can do to bring jobs back to your country, and your country will do everything we can to help you succeed,” he said.

The President noted that the economy had been weakened in part by outsourcing, and he used the terms manufacture, manufacturing, and manufacturers no less than 18 times in his speech.

But just how will this alleged opportunity to “bring manufacturing back” affect the pharma industry? Outsourcing is a huge part of the industry.

The global contract manufacturing market for pharma has been estimated at around $40 billion. Contract manufacturing of bulk and dosage form drugs alone may reach $86 billion worldwide by 2016, according to MarketResearch. Emerging nations such as India and China are largely reaping the benefits of this spend.

PharmTech’s most recent annual outsourcing survey, done in conjunction with PharmSource, showed that bio/pharmaceutical companies who are actively outsourcing to these two nations rose to 32% between 2010 and 2011. Those percentages are expected to keep rising.

We want to hear your thoughts on this issue. Is it feasible and/or desirable for pharma manufacturers based in the US to bring manufacturing back? Why or why not?

Addendum: Several industry reps  have commented on this topic via Pharm Tech’s LinkedIn Group. Check it out at LinkedIn.com and search for the Pharm Tech group.

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