Is the FDA Safe and Effective? (David S. Saurman Provocative Lecture Series)

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San Jose State University
Department of Economics

David S. Saurman Provocative Lecture Series
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“Is the FDA Safe and Effective?”
Alex Tabarrok
Bartley J. Madden Chair in Economics at the Mercatus Center

Medical drugs and devices cannot be marketed in the United States unless the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grants specific approval. FDA control over drugs and devices has large and often overlooked costs. Professor Tabarrok argues that FDA regulation of the medical industry has suppressed and delayed new drugs and devices, and has increased costs, with the net result of more morbidity and mortality. He presents a large body of academic research that has researched the FDA and with unusual consensus has reached the same conclusion.
Professor Alex Tabarrok is the Bartley J. Chair in Economics at the Mercatus Center and an associate professor at George Mason University. He is also research director for The Independent Institute and a research fellow with the Mercatus Center. His research interests include empirical law and economics (tort reform, bounty hunters, judicial electoral systems, etc.), voting theory and alternative political institutions, and health economics (particularly the FDA). He is the co-author of an extensive website on the FDA, and editor of a number of books including The Voluntary City, Entrepreneurial Economics, and Changing the Guard. He is co-author (with Tyler Cowen) of Modern Principles, two new texts in micro and macro economics.

Tuesday, October 27,[masked]:15–6:45 P.M.
Morris Dailey Auditorium

ABOUT THE DAVID S. SAURMAN PROVOCATIVE LECTURE SERIES: The Department of Economics invites students, faculty, and the general public to consider intellectual arguments on controversial topics. Presenters in the Provocative Lecture Series are noted for their outstanding scholarship and public speaking ability. This lecture series fosters the tradition of higher education to challenge ideas and develop critical thinking in an environment of respect and intellectual discourse. Our goal is for you to develop the critical thinking skills necessary to reach your own informed position on controversial issues. We invite you to attend, to relax, to ponder, and to enjoy the thought process. The views of the speakers do not necessarily represent those of the University.

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