Politics, Policy, and Progress in Health Care
A Discussion with AEI Scholars

The U.S. health system is recognized as the world's leader in clinical innovation, yet millions of Americans do not have health insurance, reducing their access to those life-enhancing and life-saving treatments. AEI has invited twenty academic experts from around the country as well as members of the Washington health policy community to discuss those issues. The first session takes a hard look at what the federal government can do to promote health insurance coverage for all Americans. The second session addresses how Food and Drug Administration regulation affects medical progress. Mark McClellan, newly-appointed commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, will give the luncheon address and will discuss the administration's health policies.

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John E.
Calfee
  • Economist John E. Calfee (1941-2011) studied the pharmaceutical industry and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the economics of tobacco, tort liability, and patents. He previously worked at the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Economics. He had also taught marketing and consumer behavior at the business schools of the University of Maryland at College Park and Boston University. While Mr. Calfee's writings are mostly on pharmaceutical markets and FDA regulation, his academic articles and opinion pieces covered a variety of topics, from patent law and tort liability to advertising and consumer information. His books include Prices, Markets, and the Pharmaceutical Revolution (AEI Press, 2000) and Biotechnology and the Patent System (AEI Press, 2007). Mr. Calfee wrote regularly for AEI's Health Policy Outlook series. He testified before Congress and federal agencies on various topics, including alcohol advertising; biodefense vaccine research; international drug prices; and FDA oversight of drug safety.

 

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