Introduction to: FDA in the Twenty-First Century: The Challenges of Regulating Drugs and New Technologies
FDA in the Twenty First Century: The Challenges of Regulating Drugs and New Technologies (Columbia University Press 2015)
16 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2015
Date Written: September 4, 2015
In its decades-long effort to assure the safety, efficacy, and security of medicines and other products, the Food and Drug Administration has struggled with issues of funding, proper associations with industry, and the balance between consumer choice and consumer protection. Today, these challenges are compounded by the pressures of globalization, the introduction of novel technologies, and fast-evolving threats to public health. This paper is the introduction to a book of essays by leading scholars and government and private industry experts, FDA in the Twenty-First Century addresses perennial and new problems and the improvements the agency can make to better serve the public good.
It discusses effective regulation in an era of globalization, consumer empowerment, and comparative effectiveness, as well as questions of data transparency, conflicts of interest, industry responsibility, and innovation policy, all with an emphasis on pharmaceuticals. It also intervenes in the debate over off-label drug marketing and the proper role of the FDA before and after a drug goes on the market. Dealing honestly and thoroughly with the FDA's successes and failures, contributors rethink the structure, function, and future of the agency and the effect policy innovations may have on regulatory institutions in other countries.
Keywords: FDA, drugs, globalization, technology, data, public health, off-label, pharmaceutical, mobile health, big data
JEL Classification: F15, H77, I11, I1, I18
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