Cathy Shine Lecture: Do Government Agencies Protect Patients? Failures in Regulation and Information Dissemination by the FDA and Medical Licensing Boards

12:00 pm on Wednesday, March 5, 2014
1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Hiebert Lounge (14th Floor), BU School of Medicine
72 East Concord Street, Boston
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Keynote Speaker, Sidney M. Wolfe, MD, co-founder of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, will discuss if there is a role for regulatory agencies in creating an environment to improve the health of patients? Dr. Wolfe presents the case that, yes, some agencies have a role, but have dangerously failed to perform it adequately. A prime example is the FDA, which should be a more important source of patient protection, especially where it serves as gatekeeper for drugs and devices. Others include medical licensing boards, most of which have failed to take action against physicians who are practicing substandard medicine in their states. Dr. Wolfe offers powerful examples from his experiences monitoring and influencing the FDA and medical licensing boards, and discusses recommendations for improving their performance concerning patient safety. A reception will follow the lecture. Sponsored by the Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights at BU School of Public Health