David Gortler, Pharm.D. FCCP is a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington DC whose work focuses on FDA oversight and accountability.
Dr. Gortler is a pharmacologist and pharmacist and a Yale-trained bench research scientist in molecular biology pharmacology with a subspecialty in the field of vascular disease and investigational medicine. He was a professor of pharmacology and biotechnology at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he was a faculty member at the Yale Center for Bioethics, and was an FDA Medical Officer who was later appointed by the White House as an SES-2 to serve on the FDA’s Senior Executive Leadership Team as senior advisor to the FDA Commissioner.
His is the only “think tank” accountability position of its kind, overseeing the FDA’s 18,000 regulatory and scientific employees and its $6.5 billion dollar budget, $3.6 billion of which was discretionary spending (as of 2022) which it uses to regulates more than $2.4 trillion worth of consumer goods, most of which are imported into the United States.
He has long advocated for FDA reform and patient-centered “freedom to choose medicine” policy.
Dr. Gortler personally conceptualized founded the world’s first “analytical pharmacy” which tested overseas-made drugs from India and China for purity and quality control and served as the editor-in-chief and on the editorial board of multiple specialty journals covering investigational medicine. He is a regular columnist at Forbes.com.
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Dr. David Gortler is a pharmacologist, pharmacist, and an FDA and health care policy oversight fellow and FDA reform advocate at the Ethics and Public Policy Center think tank in Washington, DC. He was a professor of pharmacology and biotechnology at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he also served as a faculty appointee to the Yale University Bioethics Center. While at Yale, he was recruited by the FDA where he became a medical officer who was later appointed as senior advisor to the FDA commissioner for drug safety, FDA science policy, and FDA regulatory affairs. He is a columnist at Forbes, where he writes on drug safety, healthcare politics, and FDA policy.
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