Learn about the history of pharmaceutical policy at Cleveland Medical Library Association seminar April 21

The Cleveland Medical Library Association’s annual seminar will address pharmaceutical policy Thursday, April 21, at 6 p.m. in the Ford Auditorium of the Allen Memorial Medical Library.

Jeremy Greene, associate professor of medicine and the Elizabeth Treide and A. McGehee Harvey Chair of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, will present “Making old drugs new again: on the uses of history in pharmaceutical policy.”

Greene will focus on the problem of incremental innovation, by which old drugs are only made available in unaffordable new branding and packaging, as illustrated by medications for diabetes (insulin), asthma (Albuterol) and gouty arthritis (Colchicine).

The lecture is free and open to the public, as is the reception that follows.

RSVP by April 18 to christopher.dolwick@case.edu or 216.368.6422.

The Cleveland Medical Library Association, founded in 1894, is an organization of physicians and other healthcare professionals dedicated to preserving medical literature and historic materials. The association, which oversees the Allen Memorial Medical Library, provides financial support to the Cleveland Health Sciences Library and Dittrick Medical History Center of Case Western Reserve University, and has been in its present location since 1926.