April 23, 2021

Inside the FDA with Dr. Woodcock

Inside the FDA with Dr. Woodcock

The FDA’s Acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock brings listeners inside the FDA. While the agency’s hands are full with a global pandemic, the FDA is also still tasked with shepherding accelerated approvals for rare and chronic disease treatments, improving clinical trials, and assessing the cost effectiveness of medications. 

Plus, the patient perspective of FDA-accelerated approval medications. Sickle cell advocate Teonna Woolford stresses the urgency behind approving medications. And patient correspondent Nichole Davis shares her journey with fibromyalgia and the importance of health literacy. 


Dr. Janet Woodcock

Acting Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration

As Acting Commissioner, Dr. Woodcock oversees the full breadth of the FDA portfolio and execution of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and other applicable laws. This includes assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices; the safety and security of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation; and the regulation of tobacco products.

Dr. Woodcock began her FDA career in 1986, joining the agency’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) as Director of the Division of Biological Investigational New Drugs, as well as serving as CBER’s Acting Deputy Director for a period of time. She later became Director of the Office of Therapeutics Research and Review in CBER, which included the approval of the first biotechnology-based treatments for multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis during her tenure.


Dr. Janet Woodcock

Teonna Woolford

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Patient Correspondent: Nichole Davis

Patients Rising Concierge 

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