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FDA's Strategies for Improving Health Care

03/20/2003 Harvard Club
Mark McClellan, PhD '93, Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies, Brookings Institution

Description: The FDA is a critical consumer protection agency, which assures the safety of foods and cosmetics, and the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals, biological products and medical devices - products representing roughly 25 cents out of every dollar in U.S. consumer spending.

About the Speaker(s): McClellan previously served as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration beginning in November 2002. During 2001 and 2002, Dr. McClellan served in the White House as a Member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers and was a senior policy director for health care and related economic issues. From 1998-99, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy, where he supervised economic analysis and policy development on a wide range of domestic policy issues. McClellan is on leave from Stanford University , where he was Associate Professor of Economics and Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford Medical School. He was also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Additionally, he was a Member of the National Cancer Policy Board of the National Academy of Sciences, Associate Editor of the Journal of Health Economics, and co-Principal Investigator of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a longitudinal study of the health and economic well-being of older Americans. McClellan is a Member of the Institute of Medicine . He earned his M.D. from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT.

Host(s): School of Science, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology

Tape #: T15060.

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