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The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has selected Dr. Peter Lurie as the next President and Executive Director. His appointment is effective September 12, 2017.

Lurie was most recently the Associate Commissioner for Public Health Strategy and Analysis at the Food and Drug Administration, where he held several other leadership posts, after being Deputy Director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group from 2000 to 2009.

A family physician, Lurie holds an MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley. During his eight-year tenure at the FDA, Lurie’s diverse profile included leading the agency’s initiatives on antibiotic resistance and transparency, as well as additional work on international tobacco control, caffeinated beverages, arsenic in rice, fish consumption by pregnant and nursing women, laboratory-developed tests, and numerous other issues related to food, drugs, and medical devices. He wrote a report on drug shortages, organized a hack-a-thon to develop a phone app linking opioid overdose victims with people carrying the antidote naloxone, streamlined the application process for patients seeking expanded access to unapproved drugs, and published medical journal articles on topics ranging from opioid prescribing to conflicts of interest on FDA advisory committees to the transparency of the FDA’s reasons for not approving drugs.

At Public Citizen, Lurie’s focus included drug-safety issues. He also coauthored, with Dr. Sidney Wolfe, the organization’s popular Worst Pills, Best Pills consumer guide to medications. Lurie testified before Congress on HIV-prevention policy, international clinical trial ethics, mad-cow-disease policy, and direct-to-consumer drug advertising, and also worked on resident work hours, occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium, and other issues.

This search was led by Philip Jaeger and Tim McFeeley with Natalie Leonhard and Katie Stellato.


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