The Role of Science in Health Policy Decision-making: The Case of Emergency Contraception


Susan F. Wood PhD

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September 27, 2006 Susan F. Wood, Ph.D., Former Assistant Commissioner for Women's Health and Director of the Food and Drug Administration Office of Women's Health Law-Medicine Center, The Oliver C. Schroeder, Jr. Scholar-in-Residence Lecture Adverse drug reactions are the fourth leading cause of death for Americans, killing 100,000 people each year. What reforms are needed to safeguard consumers? •Was clinical and scientific evidence ignored in the case to bring Plan B emergency contraception over-the-counter? •What impact do the decisions of the Food and Drug Administration have on women and families? On its own credibility? Dr. Susan F. Wood is an accomplished researcher and policy-maker with considerable experience in the areas of international health, reproductive health, legislation, and health care policy. She recently completed a five-year term as Assistant Commissioner for Womens Health and Director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Women's Health (OWH). She has published a number of research articles in scientific journals, as well as articles on health policy, and received many notable awards for her work. She has worked on Capitol Hill for the Congressional Caucus for Womens Issues. Previously, Dr. Wood was a research scientist at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Law-Medicine Center

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emergency contraception; adverse drug reaction; Plan B medication; Plan B adverse effects; women's health; reproductive rights


Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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