Free-Market Biological Warfare

Margaret Hamburg deals with life and death on a global scale. As head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, she’s at the confluence of extremely powerful forces. One is the multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical industry. Another, the agricultural industry and food manufacturers. Meanwhile, various groups advocate for stricter oversight. And don’t forget the politicians going on about government waste. To say this post needs a wise policymaker is an understatement. The daughter of two physicians and a doctor herself, Hamburg has been public health commissioner of New York City, served in the Department of Health and Human Services, and gauged biological threats in the private, nonprofit organization Nuclear Threat Initiative. The Obama appointee today speaks on how to keep the nation’s food and drug supply safe, and how to balance concerns of public safety and economics. Consider also that high-level officials often use such speaking engagements to announce new plans and initiatives. The eyes of a nation are watching.
Mon., Feb. 6, 12:30 p.m., 2012

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