UM Carey Law student Abe Gitterman was awarded second-place honors in the H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition for Manufacturing a Solution: How the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Can Ensure the Safety and Security of a Globalized Drug Supply Chain, a 100-page paper that beat out 80 other entries in the Food and Drug Law Institute’s highly competitive writing competition.
Gitterman’s work will be published in an upcoming issue of FDLI’s Food and Drug Law Journal. The award came with a $1,000 prize.
The comprehensive article examined the regulatory landscape of the FDA and the international drug supply chain, in order “to provide an in-depth analysis of [the] FDA’s current regulations and authority, identify areas of concern and weakness in the current regulatory regime, and to propose several solutions and recommendations,” according to Gitterman.
Gitterman was drawn to the competition and his paper topic after working at the FDA during his first summer as a law student. He wrote the paper in conjunction with his Food and Drug Law course, and is thankful for support from both Professor Frank Palumbo and the law school.
After graduation, Gitterman, a 3L, will join Arnold & Porter, LLP in D.C., where he hopes to pursue food and drug law and pharmaceutical compliance.
This is the 22nd annual writing competition sponsored by FDLI. The organization uses the event to highlight the outstanding work of rising lawyers.