By John Masson
Two recent Michigan Law graduates have captured the top honors in a prominent writing contest for papers about food- and drug-related topics. Grace Wang won first prize in the short paper category of the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions, and Bethany Fox won second place.
Wang, '11, first began working on the topic of her paper when she was a student in Professor Rebecca Eisenberg's FDA Law class. With Professor Eisenberg's encouragement, she expanded the paper, "Teva v. Eisai: What's the Real 'Controversy'?," and submitted it to the competition when she was a 3L.
Teva v. Eisai dealt with patents and Alzheimer's disease drugs. "The case piqued my interest because it dealt with drug regulation and patent litigation, the field I planned to work in after graduation," Wang said. "There are so many interesting issues in FDA law right now, like drug shortages and direct-to-consumer advertising, so I am incredibly honored that out of 57 short paper entries, they selected my paper on jurisdiction as the first place winner."
Fox, '11, began writing her paper—"Closing the Information Gap: Informing Better Medical Decisionmaking through the Use of Post-Market Safety and Comparative Effectiveness Information"—following an externship at the FDA in her 3L year. "I was honored and very surprised" to learn of the FDLI award, she said.
FDLI published the winning papers in the Food & Drug Law Journal, and a version of Wang's paper will be published in the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review (vol. 18.1).
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