The United States Food and Drug Administration honored Archana Chatterjee, M.D., Ph.D., with an FDA Advisory Committee Service Award, "in recognition of distinguished service to the people of the United States". Dr. Chatterjee, chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and professor of pediatrics at Creighton University School of Medicine as well as Alegent Creighton Clinic pediatric infectious disease specialist, served on the administration's Anti-Infective Drugs Advisory Committee from Dec. 2008 through Nov. 2012.
Advisory committees provide the FDA with independent expert advice on scientific, technical and policy matters. The Anti-Infective Drugs Advisory Committee is tasked with providing recommendations on marketed and investigational human drugs for infectious disease and disorders. As one of two pediatricians on the committee, Dr. Chatterjee assumed the role of advocate for pediatric use.
"Our options for children are much fewer than we have for adults," says Dr. Chatterjee. "A lot of the newer medications have only been studied in adults, so whenever there was a possibility for application in children, I reminded the FDA and the sponsors that they should study the use of the drug in children."
Upon completion of her four year appointment, Dr. Chatterjee has accepted the FDA's request to serve as a consultant to the committee.