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In October 2020, Michael Cannon and Jeffrey Singer proposed ending the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's authority to decide which drugs are available only by prescription. Their solution: leaving the decision to the drugs' manufacturers. This Regulatory Transparency Project program featured Michael Cannon, former FDA official Joshua Sharfstein, and moderator Dan Troy discussing prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and who decides.


  • Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute
  • Joshua Sharfstein, Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
  • [Moderator] Dan Troy, Chief Business Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, and General Counsel, Valo

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