Richard L. Plotkin
During the course of his career Richard was frequently recognized for his contributions to the legal community. For example, he was appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to serve on the Supreme Court Committee on Taxation, dealing with the issue of state and local taxes in New Jersey. He was also appointed by the Superior Court, Chancery Division, Morris County, to Chair its mediation panel, which he did from 1996 until his original retirement in December, 2008. Richard has been recognized by several publications, as well, including Best Lawyers and New Jersey Super Lawyers.
• Richard was credited with having, single handedly, caused the issuance by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) of the first compassionate use waiver for a child with cancer of a combination drug therapy consisting of an experimental drug and two drugs that had already received FDA approval and were in the marketplace.
• He has been appointed to a special committee consulting with the White House on pediatric cancer issues.
• He was credited by Congressman Michael McCaul, (R., Texas), Co-Chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Pediatric Cancer, with playing a major role in the passage in July, 2012, of the Creating Hope Act, which incentivizes pharmaceutical companies to invest resources to develop drugs for rare children’s diseases, including cancer.
• He was selected during the summer of 2013 as the Patient Advocate (representing pediatric cancer patients) on a Committee formed by the NYU Langone Medical Center, Department of Medical Ethics, which is studying the current system under which the FDA issues compassionate use waivers for the purpose of allowing experimental drugs and medical devices to be given to terminally and/or seriously ill patients for the purpose of determining if the existing system needs to be changed.
• He was consulted by the co-sponsors of legislation pending in Congress dealing with the issue of permitting terminally ill and seriously ill patients to receive unapproved drugs to treat their diseases under compassionate use waivers sought from the FDA.
Richard holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. degree from Georgetown Law Center.
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