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Commentary Discussion and Audience Q&A

Authors: Sarah Schick & Kirsten Axelsen, DLA Piper

Discussant: Jill A. Fisher, Professor of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Food and Drug Law Journal 2021 Symposium: The Path Forward: Seeking Racial Equity in Food and Drug Law – November 4-5, 2021

Event Overview

The Food and Drug Law Institute, in collaboration with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and the Georgetown University Law Center, is soliciting legal scholarship on topics addressing racial equity and inclusion in food and drug law, policy, and regulation. Submissions might examine causes and opportunities to overcome racial injustice or provide specific analysis of actions for building equity into food and drug law or address other topics exploring the past, present, and future of racial equity in this field. Like the Food and Drug Law Journal, this Symposium will focus on topics within the purview of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but submissions can address other regulators in addition to FDA.

The Food and Drug Law Journal 2021 Symposium encourages thoughtful scholarship on topics addressing racial inequities in food and drug law and regulation, such as:

•    Inequities in drug development, including diversifying clinical trial subjects

•    Effects of underrepresentation of racial minorities in regulatory decision-making on understanding of certain conditions and best treatment measures

•    Unconscious bias and its impact on medical product development

•    Drug accessibility in underserved communities

•    Effect of data collection and interpretation, including in the utilization of Real-World Evidence

•    Regulation of flavored tobacco products

•    Advertising potentially riskier food, drug, and cosmetics products to people of color

•    Inequity in regulation of cosmetics products

•    Vaccine hesitancy and lessons learned from COVID-19

•    Whether there is a need for new legal authorities or regulations, and what those could be