Presidential Administration and FDA Guidance: A New Hope

Nathan Cortez, Jacob S. Sherkow

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Assessments of a President’s first 100 days in office typically focus on legislative priorities and executive orders. Less attention is paid to early victories achieved via guidance and other informal acts of “presidential administration.” The COVID-19 pandemic has opened a window for the Biden Administration to effectuate critical public health policies through guidance issued by the Food and Drug Administration. This brief essay highlights the power—and pitfalls—of effectuating public health policy this way, and discusses the lasting power of guidance for any new administration.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-183
JournalUniversity of Illinois Law Review Online
StatePublished - Aug 30 2021


  • FDA
  • guidance
  • pandemic
  • administrative law
  • public health
  • COVID-19


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