Time: February 26th, 2014 at 8:30am
Location: Capitol Visitor Center, Congressional Meeting Room North
In May of 2013, Ranbaxy – one of India’s largest drug makers – pleaded guilty to seven felonies related to its quality-control problems, yet the company continues to export billions of dollars of drugs worldwide. Last month, another one of its plants was deemed unfit to export medicine to the United States.
With the United States importing more drugs from India than anywhere else in the world, the quality of its pharmaceuticals is a pressing public health and safety concern for all Americans. Congress has a responsibility to investigate just how reliable are India's drugs.
Please join us for a briefing and discussion on the threat of substandard and falsified medicines with a focus on India’s quality control failures. Dr. Roger Bate, an expert on substandard and falsified medicines, will moderate an expert panel to provide first-hand knowledge of these threats and actionable recommendations for policymakers. Bate is a scholar at the well known Washington, D.C. think tank, the American Enterprise Institute.
Our expert panel includes:
· Dinesh Thakur, a former Ranbaxy executive and the whistleblower in the Ranbaxy case, will give his insights from that case, and more broadly explain the risks of unregulated drugs being traded globally.
· Dr. Amir Attaran, a Professor of Law and Medicine at the University of Ottawa, will discuss the risks of substandard and falsified medicines, especially those made in India. Dr. Attaran will also highlight India’s special role in preventing an international agreement to tackle such medicines.
· Dr. Harry Lever, a senior cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, will discuss the problems he increasingly encounters with inferior quality medicines in the United States.
· Dr. Preston Mason, is a member of the Cardiovascular Division at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He will discuss his extensive research into poor quality atorvastatin (generic Lipitor).
Statements made by Dinesh Thakur, Dr. Preston Mason, and Dr. Harry Lever are available here. The presentation given by Professor Amir Attaran is here.