Introducing New Blogger Ameet Sarpatwari

AmeetAmeet Sarpatwari, J.D., Ph.D., is a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and member of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) [Twitter: @PORTAL_Research] in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His research draws upon his interdisciplinary training as an epidemiologist and lawyer and focuses on the effects of laws and regulations on therapeutic development, approval, use, and related public health outcomes.

Ameet graduated from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar. He studied epidemiology at the University of Cambridge, receiving an M.Phil. in 2006 and a Ph.D. in 2010. His doctoral work centered on uncovering disease progression, treatment effectiveness, and co-morbid burden among adults patients with primary immune thrombocytopenia—a rare autoimmune disease—through the establishment of a national disease registry. He subsequently studied law at the University of Maryland, with a focus on health law, as a John L. Thomas Leadership Scholar, graduating in 2013.

Ameet’s work has appeared in such top peer-reviewed medical journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Blood.  He is the recipient of Robert Wood Johnson Public Health Law Research grant to examine the public health implications of variation in state drug product selection laws. Among other projects, he is also currently assessing the impact of risk evaluation and mitigation strategies on competition and off-label prescribing, and legal and ethical issues surrounding the use of financial incentives to promote physician use of generic drugs.

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Introducing New Blogger Aaron S. Kesselheim

ASKAaron S. Kesselheim, M.D., J.D., M.P.H. [Twitter: @akesselheim], is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a faculty member in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Within the Division, Aaron leads the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) [Twitter: @PORTAL_Research], an interdisciplinary research core focusing on intersections among prescription drugs and medical devices, patient health outcomes, and regulatory practices and the law.

Aaron graduated from Harvard College and received his postgraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Law School, and most recently at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, and serves as a primary care physician at the Phyllis Jen Center for Primary Care at BWH. He is also a Patent Attorney and member of the New York State Bar.

Aaron has received wide recognition for his work, which frequently appears in top peer-reviewed medical journals like the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Annals of Internal Medicine. In 2012, he was named to the Perspectives Advisory Board of the New England Journal of Medicine. Aaron has testified before Congress on pharmaceutical policymedical device regulation, and modernizing clinical trials, and served as a consultant for the NIHFDAInstitute of MedicineUSPTO, and numerous state government offices.  In 2010, he received AcademyHealth’s Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth, given annually to an outstanding health services researcher under age 40 in the US.

Aaron also serves as a faculty affiliate for the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, and is a Research Associate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.  In the 2014-2015 academic year, he will be a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where he will teach Food and Drug Administration Law.

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Introducing Martín Hevia

Profile-HeviaWe are pleased to introduce our newest contributor, Martín Hevia, to Bill of Health.

Martín (SJD, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto; Abogado, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina) is the Executive Dean and Director of the Law Programme (J.D. Equivalent) at the School of Law of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Buenos Aires, Argentina), where he is an Associate Professor of Law. His research and teaching interests include comparative constitutional and private law; health law and reproductive rights; and legal theory and political philosophy.

Professor Hevia has acted as a legal consultant to the Argentine National Congress on the reform, actualization, and unification of the Argentine Civil and Commercial Codes, and as an Expert for the World Health Organization Public Health Law Consultation Group. He was Co Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Law & Equality (2004-2006) and Editor-In-Chief of Revista Argentina de Teoría Jurídica (1999-2000). He has also served as a Global Fellow at the International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Programme, University of Toronto (2009) and Fellow in Comparative Law and Political Economy at Osgoode Hall, York University (2008).

At the University of Toronto, he was awarded the Alan Marks Medal to the Best Graduate Thesis of 2006-2007, the 2007 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award for extraordinary extra-curricular contributions to university life and was President of the Graduate Law Students’ Association.

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Exploring the Brain in Pain: An Applied Neuroscience & Law Initiative

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I am excited to join the Petrie-Flom Center as the first Senior Fellow in Law & Applied Neuroscience. This fellowship is the product of an innovative partnership between the Petrie-Flom Center and the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior (CLBB) at Massachusetts General Hospital. This partnership aims to translate developments in neuroscience into legal applications, remaining sensitive to the normative dimensions of many – if not all – legal questions. The field of law & neuroscience is large and growing, addressing questions that intersect with nearly every area of law and a huge range of social and human concerns. CLBB is bringing together scientists, bioethicists, and legal scholars to look at questions ranging from criminal responsibility and addiction, to mind-reading and brain-based lie detection, to how the brain’s changes over our lifecourse affect our capacities to make decisions.

In the first year of this joint venture, we will be focusing on a set of issues with potentially huge implications for the law: The problem of pain. Pain is pervasive in law, from tort to torture, from ERISA to expert evidence. Pain and suffering damages in tort add up to billions of dollars per year; disability benefits, often awarded to people who suffer or claim to have chronic pain, amount to over one hundred billion annually. Yet legal doctrines and decision-makers often understand pain poorly, relying on concepts that are out of date and that can cast suspicion on pain sufferers as having a problem that is “all in their heads.”

Now, brain imaging technologies are allowing scientists to see the brain in pain – and to reconceive of many types of pain as diseases of the central nervous system. Brain imaging shows that, in many cases, the problem is literally in sufferers’ heads: Long-term pain changes the structure and function of the brain, perpetuating non-adaptive pain and interfering with cognitive and emotional function. Continue reading

Introducing Robin Pierce

Pierce_peopleRobin Pierce, JD, PhD, contributes to the HealthLawProf Blog, and is joining Bill of Health as a regular contributor.

Robin is Senior Law Associate with the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law and Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. She was formerly on the faculty of Technische Universiteit Delft in The Netherlands where her work focused on the legal, ethical, and policy implications of advances in biotechnology, including policy issues in the integration of nanotechnology in health care, regulatory, policy, and ethical issues in governance of synthetic biology, and policy, legal, and ethical issues arising from advances in Alzheimer’s disease research, and neuroscience, in general. In 2014 Dr. Pierce was appointed Associate Editor for Science and Genetics with the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. In 2010 she was appointed Programme Leader for the Kluyver Center program on Society and Genomics in The Netherlands. She has taught across disciplines including such courses as Remedies (law), Social Issues in Biology, Ethic, Legal, and Social Issues in the Life Sciences, Public Health Ethics, and the Development of Legal and Political Institutions.

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Introducing David Orentlicher

Orentlicher-ProfileWe’re excited to introduce David Orentlicher as a regular contributor to Bill of Health.

David is Samuel R. Rosen Professor and co-director of the Hall Center for Law and Health at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where he specializes in health care law and constitutional law. He also serves as President-elect of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard Medical School, he previously has taught as a visiting or adjunct professor at Princeton University, University of Chicago Law School, and Northwestern University Medical School. He also was director of the American Medical Association’s division of medical ethics for 6½ years. For six years, he served in the Indiana House of Representatives and drew on his experiences with partisan conflict in publishing Two Presidents Are Better Than One: The Case for a Bipartisan Executive (NYU Press 2013).

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Introducing the 2014-2015 Petrie-Flom Student Fellows

The Petrie-Flom Center is pleased to welcome our new 2014-2015 Student Fellows. In the coming year, each fellow will pursue independent scholarly projects related to health law policy, biotechnology, and bioethics under the mentorship of Center faculty and fellows. They will also be regular contributors here at Bill of Health on issues related to their research.

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Introducing Diana R.H. Winters

We are excited to introduce Diana R.H. Winters as an occasional contributor to Bill of Health.

WintersDiana has been an Associate Professor at Indiana University McKinney School of Law since 2012. She joined McKinney Law from Boston University Law School, where she was a Visiting Assistant Professor and the Health Law Scholar. Before that, Winters was an Assistant Solicitor General in the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Winters is also a founding board member of the Indianapolis (Indy) Food Council. She is currently researching the structure of food regulation, and the judicial review of health and safety regulation. She teaches Torts, Health Law, Environmental Law, and Food Law and Policy.

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Introducing Greg Curfman

We’re pleased to formally introduce Dr. Greg Curfman as a contributor to Bill of Health. Dr. Curfman is already a familiar face here as a regular guest, and we’re thrilled to officially welcome him.

dr-gregory-curfmanDr. Curfman is currently the executive director of the New England Journal of Medicine, a position he has held for 14 years. In his tenure at NEJM, he has founded and currently directs the Perspective section, which focuses on issues at the interface of medicine and society. His work at NEJM has played a critical role in driving the national dialogue on health care.

A board-certified internal medicine physician and cardiologist, Dr. Curfman is also an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and received an M.D. cum laude from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Curfman has previously served as the director of the coronary care programs at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and was also medical director at the Cardiovascular Health Center at Mass General.

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Introducing New Blogger Robert Field

FieldRobert Field is joining Bill of Health as a regular contributor.

Robert I. Field, JD, MPH, PhD is a nationally known expert in health care regulation and its role in implementing public policy.  He holds a joint appointment as professor of law at the School of Law and professor of health management and policy at the School of Public Health at Drexel University.  He is also a lecturer in health care management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a senior fellow of Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

Professor Field is the author of Mother of Invention: How the Government Created Free-Market Health Care, just released by Oxford University Press.  It presents an historical overview of four key health care sectors to demonstrate the underlying importance of government programs in creating and maintaining the health care system and to place health reform in the context of an ongoing evolutionary process.  He is also the author of Health Care Regulation in America: Complexity, Confrontation and Compromise, a comprehensive overview of health care regulation, also published by Oxford University Press.

Professor Field’s recent scholarly work has focused on health reform and is effects on the structure of the health care system, ethical issues in vaccines, and policy implications of genetic databases.  His work has appeared in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Villanova Law Review, the Drexel Law Review, Health Affairs, Vaccine, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  He writes a blog for the Philadelphia Inquirer on health policy entitled the Field Clinic, which features 14 prominent Philadelphia health care leaders as regular contributors.

Professor Field speaks nationally on health care topics. He is frequently quoted in the press, including stories in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, and BusinessWeek and has discussed health policy issues on CNN, NPR, ABC, and numerous local television and radio stations.  He has also been a frequent commentator on WHYY, the NPR affiliate in Philadelphia.

Before joining the faculty of Drexel University, Professor Field founded and chaired the Department of Health Policy and Public Health at University of Sciences in Philadelphia, where he was also professor of health policy.  Previously, he led business planning and development for the primary care network of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He has also conducted health policy research at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the Center for Law and Health Sciences at Boston University, practiced health law with the Philadelphia firm of Ballard Spahr, LLP, and directed public policy research for Cigna Corporation.

Professor Field earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Boston University, an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health, a J.D. from the Columbia Law School, where he was associate editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, and an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College.

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Introducing New Blogger Amanda C. Pustilnik

Amanda C. Pustilnik is joining Bill of Health as a regular contributor.

Pustilnik Amanda C. Pustilnik is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law, where she teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, and Law & Neuroscience. Her current research includes work on models of mind in criminal law, evidentiary issues presented by neuroscientific work on memory, and the role of pain in different legal domains. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, she was a Climenko fellow and lecturer on law at Harvard Law School. Before entering the legal academy, she practiced litigation with Covington & Burling and with Sullivan & Cromwell, where she focused on white collar criminal matters. Prof. Pustilnik also clerked for the Hon. Jose A. Cabranes on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She graduated Yale Law School and Harvard College, and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College, in the History and Philosophy of Science department. Prof. Pustilnik has also worked at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant and is a member of the board of directors of the John Harvard Scholarships. During Spring 2015, Professor Pustilnik will be serving as a Senior Fellow in Law & Neuroscience of the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital.  This Center is a collaboration between Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Law School.

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New Blogger, Academic Fellow Rachel Sachs

sachs_peoplePlease join us in welcoming new blogger Rachel Sachs to Bill of Health!

Rachel earned her J.D. in 2013 magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was the Articles Chair of the Harvard Law Review and a student fellow with both the Petrie-Flom Center and the John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business. Rachel has also earned a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, during which she interned at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. She holds an A.B. in Bioethics from Princeton University. After law school Rachel clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She will be joining the Petrie-Flom Center as an Academic Fellow in August 2014.

Rachel’s primary research interests lie at the intersection of patent law and public health, with a particular focus on problems of innovation and access and the ways in which law helps or hinders these problems. Her past scholarship has examined the interactions between patent law and FDA regulation in the area of diagnostic tests, and explored the mechanisms behind the passage of patent-related legislation. Her current scholarship applies this focus on innovation and access to the intersection of patent law and drug reimbursement policies.

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Introducing New Blogger Ross D. Silverman

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Ross D. Silverman  is joining Bill of Health as a regular contributor.

Silverman is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, and holds a secondary appointment as Professor of Public Health Law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. His research interests include legal, ethical and policy issues in public health and medicine, mobile health law and policy, interdisciplinary curriculum development, professional school admissions, medical humanities, human rights, and patient safety. He serves numerous leadership positions in the field of public health law, including as a mentor in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Georgia State University Future of Public Health Law Education: Faculty Fellowship Program, as a member of the American Public Health Association Action Board, and as past chair of the American Public Health Association Law Section. From 1998-2013, he was faculty at Southern Illinois University Schools of Medicine and Law, where he last held the positions of Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and Professor of Psychiatry at SIU School of Medicine, and Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at SIU School of Law. While in Springfield, Illinois, he served as an appointed Commissioner to the Springfield Disabilities Commission, a board member of the Springfield School District Foundation, and as a member of the Memorial Medical Center Human Values and Ethics Committee.

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Introducing New Blogger Abbe R. Gluck

GluckAbbe R. Gluck is joining Bill of Health as a regular contributor.

Abbe R. Gluck is a professor at Yale Law School. She joined Yale Law School in 2012, having previously served as an associate professor of law and the Milton Handler Fellow at Columbia Law School since January 2010. She is an expert in Congress and the political process, legislation, federalism, state and local government, civil procedure, and health law. She has extensive experience working as a lawyer in all levels of government. Prior to joining Columbia, Professor Gluck served in the administration of New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine as the special counsel and senior advisor to the New Jersey Attorney General. She also served in the administration of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg – as chief of staff and counsel to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, senior counsel in the New York City Office of Legal Counsel, and deputy special counsel to the New York City Charter Revision Commission. Prior to law school, she worked in the U.S. Senate for Senator Paul S. Sarbanes of Maryland.

Before returning to government work after law school, Professor Gluck was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. She earned B.A. degrees in English and International Studies from Yale University, summa cum laude, where she was editor-in-chief of The Yale Herald, and her J.D. from Yale Law School. Following law school, she clerked for then-Chief Judge Ralph K. Winter on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Her recent writing has used federalism as lens through which to study both statutory interpretation theory and health law. Most recently, Professor Gluck conducted the most extensive empirical study in history about the realities of the congressional law-making process, the results of which were published in two articles in the Stanford Law Review.

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Introducing New Blogger Bob Bohrer

bohrerBob Bohrer is a Professor of Law at California Western School of Law.  Having joined the faculty in 1982, Bob was one of the first full-time law teachers in the United States to concentrate on the emerging area of biotechnology law. His research is focused on the way in which drug development is influenced by a number of areas of law, including FDA approval, patent law, insurance and reimbursement, and the First Amendment commercial speech doctrine.

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Introducing New Contributor Allison Hoffman

14.06.05, HoffmanBill of Health is pleased to welcome Allison Hoffman as an Occasional Contributor!

Allison Hoffman is Assistant Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law.  Her work focuses on health care law and policy.  She currently teaches Health Care Law and Policy, Torts, and a seminar on Health Insurance and Reform.  Hoffman is also a Faculty Associate at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Allison received her A.B. summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and her law degree from Yale Law School, where she was Submissions Editor for the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics.  She worked for a number of years in the health care industry.  Allison practiced health care law at Ropes & Gray, LLP, where she counseled academic medical centers, insurers, pharmaceutical companies, and private equity firms on a wide range of health care regulatory matters.  She has also provided strategic advice to health care companies and to nonprofit organizations and foundations as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and The Bridgespan Group.  Immediately prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, she was an Academic Fellow at Harvard’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics.

Allison’s research explores the role of regulation and the welfare state in promoting health and well being.  Her current writing examines how health insurance regulation both reflects and shapes different conceptions of risk and responsibility, drawing on political science, sociology, psychology, and economics literature.

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Introducing New Contributor Donald Light

Donald Light is a medical and economic sociologist who does policy research on institutional and global bioethics concerning access and quality of medical services and drugs. Recent research analyzes the epidemic of harmful side effects from drugs (The Risks of Prescription Drugs [Columbia UP, 2010]); institutional barriers to more effective, safer drugs; and global vaccine policy. Light is a founding fellow of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2009-2011, he was the Lokey Visiting Professor at Stanford University, and he is a professor of comparative health policy at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.  From 2012-2014 he is a visiting fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Light received his BA from Stanford, his MA from the University of Chicago, and his PhD from Brandeis.

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Announcing 2014-2016 Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow Rachel Sachs

We are pleased to announce that Rachel Sachs will be joining the Petrie-Flom Center later this summer as an Academic Fellow for the 2014-2016 fellowship term. In 2013, Rachel earned her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was the Articles Chair of the Harvard Law Review and a student fellow with both the Petrie-Flom Center and the John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business. Rachel has also earned a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, during which she interned at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. She also holds an A.B. in Bioethics from Princeton University. After law school Rachel clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Rachel’s primary research interests lie at the intersection of patent law and public health, with a particular focus on problems of innovation and access and the ways in which law helps or hinders these problems. Her past scholarship has examined the interactions between patent law and FDA regulation in the area of diagnostic tests, and explored the mechanisms behind the passage of patent-related legislation. Her current scholarship applies this focus on innovation and access to the intersection of patent law and drug reimbursement policies.
You can learn more about Rachel on our website.
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Introducing New Contributor Katherine Record

Katherine Record is the Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI). Her work, in part, focuses on healthcare reform implementation, compliance training for healthcare providers related to consent for HIV testing and disclosure, domestic and global mental health law and policy, and implementing state electronic health record databases in compliance with federal and state privacy laws.  Prior to joining CHLPI, Katherine worked at the O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law at Georgetown University.  There she focused on public health law reform, firearms control, global preparation for pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent the transmission of HIV (PrEP), and the development of the legal portion of a genetics database. Katherine received her JD, cum laude, and masters in Psychology at Duke University, her MPH from Harvard’s School of Public Health, and her BA, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.  She is licensed to practice law in the State of New York, serves as a collaborating mentor for Boston Children’s Hospital’s Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders, on the board of directors for Our Bodies Ourselves, as the liaison to the AIDS Coordinating Committee of the American Bar Association on behalf of the Health Law Section, and on the Harvard College Global Health Review’s Board of Advisors.

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Introducing New Contributor Joel Lexchin

Joel Lexchin received his MD from the University of Toronto in 1977 and for the past 27 years has been an emergency physician at the University Health Network. He is currently a Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. From 1992-94 he was a member of the Ontario Drug Quality and Therapeutics Committee and he was the chair of the Drugs and Pharmacotherapy Committee of the Ontario Medical Association from 1997-99. He has been a consultant for the province of Ontario, various arms of the Canadian federal government, the World Health Organization, the government of New Zealand and the Australian National Prescribing Service. He is the author or co-author of over 140 peer-reviewed articles on topics such as physician prescribing behaviour, pharmaceutical patent issues, the drug approval process and prescription drug promotion.

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