On Tuesday, March 1st, Widener Law’s student Food and Drug Law Association
presented “FDA Matters: Criminal and Civil Enforcement, Ethics, Accountability, and Beyond,” in partnership with the Washington, D.C.-based Food and Drug Law Institute. The program ran from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom and was broadcast to the Harrisburg campus.
FDLA President Sarah Alsaleh offered a short welcome and thanked Special Programs Coordinator Connie Sweeney and adjunct professor Roseann Termini
for their assistance in putting the event together. She also thanked the Food and Drug Law Institute for their sponsorship.
The program featured four speakers, beginning with Ms. Karyn M. Campbell, the Investigations Branch Director for the Food and Drug Administration’s Philadelphia District Office. Stating that the mission of the FDA is to “Protect and promote the public health,” Ms. Campbell gave an overview of the FDA, covering the organization’s jurisdiction and structure.
Theresa P. DeLaine, Seniro Sales Specialist with pharmaceutical company Eisai Inc., gave a presentation entitled “Can Pharma Sales Be Ethical, Accountable, and FDA-Compliant?” that examined how pharmaceutical companies have sold products in the past and how the market has changed. “This used to be a recession proof industry,” stated Ms. DeLaine before adding that in her opinion, pharmaceutical companies were better off being honest and ethical in their dealings. “Doing the right thing makes it easier for you to be successful because it gives you a good reputation,” she concluded.
John J. Pease, an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and chief of the Government and Healthcare Fraud and Environmental Crimes Section, discussed the criminal statutes that govern food and drug law enforcement. He also discussed some of the important cases that have shaped the food and drug law.
“I think the whole theme of what we’ve heard here today really deals with ethics,” said Roseann B. Termini, a Widener Law adjunct who teaches in the areas of food, pharmaceutical, and medical device law. Professor Termini spoke last, her remarks focusing on ethics and professional responsibility for lawyers.
Following the program, attendees were able to speak further with the panelists at a reception held in the Strine Atrium.