Richard L. Cleland is assistant director, Division of Advertising Practices, Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Previously, Cleland was assistant to the director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection and assistant director of the Division of Service Industry Practices. His primary area of expertise is the advertising and marketing of health-related products and services. He also supervises many of FTC’s health fraud and weight-loss product and service law enforcement initiatives. Current areas of interest include immunity claims for dietary supplements and foods. Cleland recently supervised FTC’s review of the Endorsement and Testimonial Guides. Prior to joining FTC, Cleland served as special assistant attorney general and director of the Division of Consumer Protection in the Iowa Office of the Attorney General.
Dale Cooke, is president of PhillyCooke Consulting and
serves on the faculty of the University of California San Francisco’s American
Course on Drug Development and Regulatory Sciences. He helps prescription
product marketers use 21st century technology to provide healthcare information
while ensuring compliance with FDA regulations written in the 1960s. Cooke is
the author of Effective Review & Approval of Digital Promotional Tactics,
which was published in the Food & Drug Law Institute’s primer series, and
is currently writing a book about compliant social media usage.
Stefanie Doebler, JD, MPH, MA, is special counsel in Covington & Burling LLP's healthcare and food and drug practice groups. Her practice focuses on healthcare compliance matters for pharmaceutical and medical device clients. Doebler provides advice related to advertising and promotion, fraud and abuse, state law compliance and reporting regulations, interactions with healthcare professionals, clinical trial conduct and results disclosure, supply chain management, Medicaid price reporting, and other aspects of federal and state regulation of pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices.
Bradley Merrill Thompson, JD, MBA, RAC, attorney, Epstein Becker & Green PC, is in the healthcare and life sciences practice in the firm's Washington, DC office and is strategic counsel with EBG Advisors Inc. There he counsels medical device and drug companies on a wide range of FDA regulatory, reimbursement and clinical trial issues. For trade associations, Thompson has served as counsel to AdvaMed for payment issues, as general counsel to the Combination Products Coalition and as counsel and secretary for the Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council. He has taught food and drug law as an adjunct professor at the Indiana University Law School and Columbia Law School. Thompson also serves as co-chair of the Food & Drug Law Committee of the Administrative Law Section of the American Bar Association.