Speakers Announced for 2011 Counterfeit Drug Conference

State Dept., FDA, and ICE Among Speakers at Oct. 27th Event

Washington, D.C. (August 18, 2011) – The Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) today unveiled the initial speakers confirmed for this year’s annual Interchange conference. Among those confirmed to participate in the October 27th event are high level representatives from the U.S. Department of State, the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the World Health Professionals Association (WHPA).  

“The goal of the Interchange is to raise awareness of the growing and global counterfeit drug epidemic to inspire stakeholders across the globe to join together to identify ways to curb this public health risk,” said Scott LaGanga, executive director of PSM. “The caliber of speakers we have thus far for this year’s Interchange speaks volumes about the level of interest in and dedication to the issue of safe medicines, and specifically the U.S. goal to ensure that ours remains the safest drug system in the world.”

Confirmed speakers for the 2011 Interchange, which will be held October 27th at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., are:

  • John Morton, Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Robert Hormats, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Deb Autor, Director of Compliance, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Alex Bamiagis, Office of the White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC)
  • Xuanhao Chan, World Health Professionals Association and International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
  • Alex Dahl, Cargo Theft Coalition

The conference brings together stakeholders from all segments of the pharmaceutical sector – law enforcement, patient groups, government regulators, academics and manufacturers – to address the counterfeit drug epidemic.

For highlights from last year’s Interchange, or to register for the event, please visit http://www.safemedicines.org/counterfeit-drug-conference-2011.html.