Event Virtual

How Does the FDA Fare in Its Oversight of Drug and Vaccine Development?

Wednesday December 2020
Richard A. Epstein
James R. Copland
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Double-blind studies have been the gold standard in drug and vaccine development for decades. But should they be? Is the current regulatory regime saving or costing lives? Is there a way in which free market competition might improve upon the FDA’s tight-fisted control of the pharmaceutical development process? Join us for this timely conversation with law professor Richard Epstein on drug and vaccine development, the limits of bureaucratic regulation, and the capacity of markets to share knowledge, control risk, and spur life-saving innovation.


Richard A. Epstein Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University; Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School
James R. Copland Senior Fellow | Director, Legal Policy

James R. Copland is senior fellow and director of Legal Policy at the Manhattan Institute. He is the author of The Unelected: How an Unaccountable Elite Is Governing America. His articles have been published widely in both academic and popular media outlets, including the Harvard Business Law Review, the Yale Journal on Regulation, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.