A day-long public workshop on FDA’s Sentinel Initiative was held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. on December 16, 2008. The workshop was co-sponsored by the Food and Drug Administration and the eHealth Initiative Foundation and convened by the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution.
The workshop brought together a diverse group of stakeholders including academia; government; patient, consumer, and provider groups; payers; industry; and other interested organizations for an update on the current status of the Sentinel Initiative and allowed for comment from all interested individuals. Specific topics of discussion included potential governance models and their implications as well as approaches for ensuring continued involvement of all stakeholders as the initiative evolves.
On the one hand the U.S. wants to be defending U.S. companies overseas and they are going to see this as vindictive, particularly in going after Apple’s profits retroactively. But in the bigger picture the U.S. is taking moves to fight inversions and improve the global system.