From Hydroxychloroquine to Convalescent Plasma: How the Trump White House Nearly Ruined the FDA Through Magical Thinking About Science and Therapeutics to “Cure” COVID-19
An Evening with Investigative Journalist
Wednesday, March 3, 7 pm EST on Zoom
Science Writers in New York welcomes back Katherine Eban, author of Bottle of Lies, an explosive narrative investigation of the generic drug boom that reveals fraud and life-threatening dangers on a global scale. In her latest article in Vanity Fair, “A Tsunami of Randoms”: How Trump’s COVID Chaos Drowned the FDA in Junk Science, she details how the Trump White House politicized and pressured the FDA leading its top officials to publish an op-ed in USA Today to reclaim the agency’s credibility and reaffirm that science guided their decisions.
Katherine will talk with SWINY co-chair David Levine (@dlloydlevine) about the Trump administration’s battles with FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn and the tightrope he had to walk dealing with Alex Azar, his boss and Secretary of Health and Human Services, as well as members of the Trump family who promoted their own cures.
About Katherine Eban
Katherine Eban, an investigative journalist, is a Vanity Fair contributing editor and Andrew Carnegie fellow. Her articles on pharmaceutical counterfeiting, gun trafficking, and coercive interrogations by the CIA have won international attention and numerous awards. She has also written for Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Self, The Nation, the New York Observer and other publications. Her work has been featured on 60 Minutes, Nightline, NPR, and other national news programs. She lectures frequently on the topic of pharmaceutical integrity.
Her first book, Dangerous Doses: a True Story of Cops, Counterfeiters and the Contamination of America’s Drug Supply, was named one of the Best Books of 2005 by Kirkus Reviews and was a Barnes&Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Her account of reporting on 9/11 was anthologized in At Ground Zero: 25 Stories From Young Reporters Who Were There. Her work has also been awarded grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the McGraw Center for Business Journalism at CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.
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Wednesday, March 3
7 pm to 8 pm EST