A price control is a law or regulation that limits the maximum price that can be charged for a good or service. Historically its use in free enterprise economies has mostly been limited to times of war, but has also been imposed in times of peace as a misguided way of controlling the economy.
363 federal court decisions discuss "price controls" and the "Fifth Amendment," which includes the protection of the Takings Clause against a deprivation of contract without just compensation, but only 61 federal court decisions discuss "price controls" and a right to privately contract.
- ... price controls would lead to less research and development in the pharmaceutical industry, fewer new prescription drugs, and the reduced availability of prescription drugs
- E.g., the terms (("contract clause") or "right to contract" or "privately contract" or (obligations w/3 clause))
- Guaranteed Pain and Suffering: The Recent Research on Drug Price Controls - Derek Hunter - November 3, 2005