How Is Pharma Spending Tax Savings? Not On Drug Pricing, Sen. Booker Says
As pharma invests its bounty from last year's tax reform in stock buybacks, capital improvements and other investments, Sen. Cory Booker issues a report suggesting companies should lower drug prices instead, but does not offer recommendations for how that might be done.
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"I don't know why folks are anxious to have a race to the top in terms of rates," Joseph Wolk ways. After US tax reform in 2017, lowering the standard tax rate from 35% to 21%, J&J committed to increasing US investment 15% over the next four years.
J&J employs 3,000 more people today than it did before US corporate tax reform in 2017, CFO Wolk said, highlighting the company's US investments.
High valuations, an uncertain biopharma macro environment and widespread use of US tax reform benefits for share buybacks and capital investments resulted in less major M&A than expected. Opinions vary widely on whether 2019 will be any different.