Quote from Kyrshamarks
The government cannot force a company to make a product if it does not want to. Another reason for product shortages is there are many times a lack of the basic raw ingredients used in these drugs. Many times political strife or warfare in certain parts of the world make getting the ingredients impossible. An executive order is not going to make the drugs appear suddenly if they are not being made.
Actually, during states of emergency or times of war, the chief executive and commander-in-chief has very broad powers. GWB chose to put us in a state of perpetual war so, in fact, the president *could* do so if he chose.
However, even without such dictatorial moves, the government wields enormous power over the drug companies in the fashion which I mentioned earlier... mere mention of reduction of patent terms for blockbuster drugs or the possibility of imposing price controls would bring those companies to the table.
Further, it could be legislated that a certain percentage of a company's production be dedicated to certain families of medications.
Or, acting as the single biggest purchaser of drugs through federal health plans, the military, the VA, and Medicare, the feds could 'negotiate' terms to address the problem.
The primary issue is the refusal to confront the corporacracy that now rules our world.