Federal Advisory Committees, Policy Expertise, and the Approval of Drugs and Medical Devices at the FDA

Lavertu, Stéphane; Weimer, David L.
April 2011
Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory;Apr2011, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p211
Academic Journal
The article presents a study from the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory which examines the influence of federal advisory committees on the decision of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve or not the pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices for marketing in the U.S. The influence of committee advice on FDA decision making were estimated by the researchers using the 1997-2006 drug and device approval data. The study finds out that there is an increase in the probability of FDA approval due to increase in the proportion of committee members who vote for drug approval. The study also notes that the increase in the proportion of committee members voting for approval lessens the time it takes for the FDA to agree a drug or device application after consultation.


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