Peter Pitts is President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest. A former member of the United States Senior Executive Service, Peter was FDA’s Associate Commissioner for External Relations, serving as senior communications and policy adviser to the Commissioner. He supervised FDA's Office of Public Affairs, Office of the Ombudsman, Office of Special Health Issues, Office of Executive Secretariat, and Advisory Committee Oversight and Management. He served on the agency’s obesity working group and counterfeit drug taskforce and as a Special Government Employee (SGE) consultant to the FDA’s Risk Communications Advisory Committee.
Specific areas of global policy expertise include FDA policy and process, healthcare technology assessment and reimbursement issues, real world evidence, social media, off label-communications, pharmacovigilance, patient-focused drug development, abuse-deterrent opioids, biosimilar development, Rx-to-OTC switching, risk management plans, GMP policies, pharmacy education programs, drug safety, Critical Path, personalized medicine, clinical trial transparency, IP protection, FDA reform, drug importation, counterfeiting, genetically modified food issues, food safety and security, recalls, nutritional labeling.
In 2010, he was named by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the 300 “most powerful people in American healthcare.”
His comments and commentaries on health care policy issues regularly appear in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Health Affairs, Time, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Examiner, Investor’s Business Daily, The Baltimore Sun, The Economist, The Lancet, Nature Biotechnology, The Journal of Life Sciences the BBC World Service, Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg, The PBS NewsHour, NBC Dateline, The Daily Show with John Stewart, among others.
He has given healthcare policy presentations throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States, as well as in Russia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, the Philippines, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Oman, Israel, Turkey, The United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Kenya, South Africa, Egypt, Algeria, Ukraine, Thailand, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Panama, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Columbia.
His book, Become Strategic or Die, is widely recognized as a cutting edge study of how leadership, in order to be successful over the long term, must be combined with strategic vision and ethical practice. He is the editor of Coincidence or Crisis, a discussion of global prescription medicine counterfeiting and Physician Disempowerment: A Transatlantic Malaise.
He is a Visiting Professor at the Université Paris Descartes Medical School, a Visiting Lecturer at the École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (Paris and Singapore), and has served as an adjunct professor at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Butler University. A graduate of McGill University, he is married to Jane Mogel, and has two sons.