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David Gortler PharmD, FCCP

Associate Scholar

David Gortler PharmD, FCCP is a scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. focusing on FDA oversight and drug safety.  Previously he worked at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Senior Medical Analyst from 2007-2011, and as senior advisor to the FDA commissioner from 2019-2021. He is assisting the Charlotte Lozier Institute as an FDA drug safety and FDA regulatory affairs expert.

Dr. Gortler is comprehensively reviewing several of the FDA/White House’s initiatives to debase the REMS safety/public health standards for pharmaceuticals protecting women’s health.  During Dr. Gortler’s time at the Agency, he directly advised the FDA commissioner’s office on regulatory action supporting the Emergency Use Authorization of two mRNA vaccines against Covid-19, both in a record timeframe and in an extremely challenging environment.

Dr. Gortler is a principled and resolute advocate of science-based decision making, as well as an advocate for federal healthcare oversight, which include finding market solutions to drug pricing and healthcare access for all Americans. In addition to his public service, Dr. Gortler has extensive academic experience, having served as a professor of pharmacology at Yale University School of Medicine and Georgetown University School of Medicine. He earned his Pharm.D. from the University of Arizona, did his postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine in pharmacology and molecular biology, and did a clinical residency through the Columbia – New York Presbyterian hospital system.  Read David Gortler’s full bio here.

Latest Research & News

  • Update: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates and Abortion-Derived Cell Lines | September 30, 2020

    To view this chart as a PDF, see: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates and Abortion-Derived Cell Lines   Updated June 2, 2021   Accurate information about the development and production of COVID-19 vaccines is essential, especially because many proposed candidates use newer molecular technologies for production of a viral vaccine. One concern regarding the ethical assessment of […]

  • A Visual Aid to Viral Infection and Vaccine Production | June 15, 2020

    This is Issue 1 in CLI’s On Science. To view this report as a PDF, see: A Visual Aid to Viral Infection and Vaccine Production   Updated November 2020   Introduction As a result of the rapid spread of the new coronavirus technically known as SARS-CoV-2, the United States and other governments have begun crash […]

  • The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage | March 26, 2020

    by R. J. Snell, Ph.D. This paper can be viewed as a pdf here: The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage   As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Italy, many hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, necessitating difficult triage decisions that can seem like choosing who lives and who dies. In the United States, already […]

  • Pro-Life Topics for Lawmakers Regarding Coronavirus | March 25, 2020

    This is Issue 43 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: On Point 43 Pro-Life Topics for Lawmakers Regarding Coronavirus.   Abortion advocates have found a new ally—COVID-19.   During this intensely stressful time, the vast majority of Americans are focused on protecting their health and the health of […]