Oct. 16, 2020

Improving Drug Safety

Improving Drug Safety

Drug pricing continues to make the news, so we’re revisiting our conversation with Dr. Janet Woodcock of the FDA about bringing drug manufacturing back to the U.S. Hear how American-made drugs might lower costs and improve overall safety. Plus, get caught up on this week’s healthcare news headlines in our weekly news roundup.


Janet Woodcock, M.D. Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Since Dr. Janet Woodcock joined the FDA in 1986, she has led numerous FDA drug initiatives while maintaining the reliability of the FDA’s regulatory process. She worked to incorporate risk management practices into evaluating drug safety and has taken the lead on efforts to update drug manufacturing procedures and regulations, known as the “Pharmaceutical Quality for the 21st Initiative.”

Dr. Woodcock also recently launched two new drug safety initiatives to improve safety management and regulation both within and outside the FDA. 

Currently, Dr. Woodcock is the Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) which ensures the effectiveness of drugs, provides data and instructions to health care providers and patients, and monitors clinical trials of new drugs. 

Dr. Woodcock received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and her doctor of medicine degree from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. 


Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising

Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob”, Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest.

Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent 


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