Government Wants to Grade Drugmakers, but Keep Grades Secret

Federal regulators want to grade drug companies on the manufacturing quality of their product or factory, but don’t want to share that grade with the public.

Patients have become more empowered in their healthcare decisions, using websites like Yelp to determine the quality of a doctor or hospital. There are some tools for evaluating the quality of a drug maker. The Food and Drug Administration posts warnings to companies for egregious offenses and some inspection reports of facilities on its website.

But agency officials have said there isn’t a good picture of quality of pharmaceutical manufacturing as a whole, let alone where an individual drug maker fits in that picture.

The agency hopes to change that by implementing its quality metrics program.