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Rikin S. Mehta


Head, U.S. Regulatory Policy - Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Pfizer Inc, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.S., Pharmacy, Rutgers University; Pharm.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; J.D., Rutgers; LL.M., Georgetown

Rikin Mehta is the Head of US Regulatory Policy efforts for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare where he leads US consumer regulatory policy development for Pfizer consumer...

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Rikin Mehta is the Head of US Regulatory Policy efforts for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare where he leads US consumer regulatory policy development for Pfizer consumer products. Prior to Pfizer, Dr. Mehta served as the Senior Deputy Director for the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration for the DC Department of Health. Dr. Mehta also worked at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where he served as the Deputy Director for the Division of Medical Policy Programs at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Office of Medical Policy. As the Deputy, Dr. Mehta created and led an Initiative exploring regulatory methods to alleviate the under-treatment of common conditions or diseases through the use of innovative technologies or other conditions of safe use to expand access to medications. Dr. Mehta started his FDA career in CDER, Office of Compliance (OC), where he worked primarily on the Agency’s unapproved drugs initiative. His responsibilities included ensuring industry compliance for the drug approval process, better patient access to safe and effective medicine. Following this work, Dr. Mehta served on detail as Senior Advisor for Globalization. In that role, he advised a working group that published the Commissioner’s Special Report on the Pathway to Global Product Safety and Quality. Dr. Mehta was also involved in creating a new sub-office within CDER’s Office of Compliance focused on drug security, integrity and recalls to work on domestic and international policies related to supply chain security and anti-counterfeiting. Prior to FDA, Dr. Mehta worked as a drug store pharmacist as well as an emergency room/critical care pharmacist at a university hospital. Rik received his B.S. in pharmacy from Rutgers University and Pharm.D. from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He later received a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and a Master of Laws in Global Health Law and International Institutions through a joint program with Georgetown University Law Center and the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Mehta is originally from Houston, Texas.

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