A small number of U.S. compounding pharmacies have begun registering with the Food and Drug Administration under new legislation designed to tighten control of the custom medication makers following a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to a pharmacy in Massachusetts.More info
Senior Director, Drugs and Medical Devices , The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Allan Coukell is the senior director of drugs and medical devices, including the prescription project, the drug safety project, the antibiotics and innovation project, the medical device initiative and the FDA modernization initiative, as well as other activities related to medical products and services.
He leads the drug safety project's advocacy around the need for reforms to address the risks of the global pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution supply chain. He has also contributed to the development of federal and state legislation to foster transparency of physician-industry relationships and in the creation of programs to encourage evidence-based prescribing. He has worked closely with medical schools and medical centers developing new industry relations policies, and was co-creator of the American Medical Student Association PharmFree Scorecard, a national assessment of such policies at U.S. medical schools.
Coukell practiced as a clinical pharmacist in oncology at the Victoria Hospital and London Regional Cancer Center in London, Ontario and was subsequently a senior medical writer and editor with Adis International, publisher of the peer-reviewed journals Drugs, Drugs & Aging, and PharmacoEconomics, among others.
He also spent a decade in journalism, ultimately as health and science reporter for WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station. He was the founding producer and host of the weekly Eureka! science program on Radio New Zealand, and has written for The Economist, the New York Times, New Scientist and Discover, among other publications. He is the recipient of an Edward R Murrow award for hard news reporting.
Allan Coukell serves as the consumer representative on the FDA Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee.
In response to final Senate passage of the Drug Quality and Security Act—legislation that establishes a national standard for tracing pharmaceuticals through the drug supply system and clarifies federal authority over pharmaceutical compounding—Allan Coukell, senior director of drugs and medical devices at The Pew Charitable Trusts, issued the following statement.More info
A year after a meningitis outbreak from contaminated pain injections killed at least 64 people and sickened hundreds, Congress is ready to increase federal oversight over compounding pharmacies that custom-mix medications.More info
The following case studies illustrate breaches to the pharmaceutical supply chain—the route a drug travels from its raw material origins to the delivery of a finished medicine. These examples, all of which are discussed in Pew Health Group’s report After Heparin: Protecting Consumers from the Risks of Substandard and Counterfeit Drugs, demonstrate the different ways in which contaminated, fake, or otherwise unsafe medicine can reach patients, and underscore the need for reform.More info
Pew and the Infectious Diseases Society of America applaud Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) for their leadership in supporting the creation of the Limited Population Antibacterial Drug (LPAD) pathway. Once put in place, LPAD would expedite patient access to critically-needed antibiotics to treat serious or life-threatening infections for which there are currently inadequate treatment options.More info
Pew and the Infectious Diseases Society of America applaud U.S. Representatives Phil Gingrey (R-GA) and Gene Green (D-TX) for their leadership in supporting the creation of the Limited Population Antibacterial Drug (LPAD) pathway. Once put in place, LPAD would expedite patient access to critically-needed antibiotics to treat serious or life-threatening infections for which there are currently inadequate treatment options.More info
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