April 15, 2014

Dr. Barone Appointed to National Committee

Dr. Claudia Barone has been appointed as a member of the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC).

This is a great honor for the Profession of Nursing, the College of Nursing and Claudia as she is the first nurse appointed to this advisory committee!

The TPSAC consists of 12 members who are selected by the Commissioner or designee from among individuals knowledgeable in the fields of medicine, medical ethics, science, or technology involving the manufacture, evaluation, or use of tobacco products.
The Committee advises the Commissioner or designee in discharging responsibilities as they relate to the regulation of tobacco products.

The Committee reviews and evaluates safety, dependence, and health issues relating to tobacco products and provides appropriate advice, information and recommendations to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs. Specifically, the Committee will submit reports or recommendations on tobacco-related topics, including:

  • The impact of the use of menthol in cigarettes on the public health, including such use among children, African Americans, Hispanics and other racial and ethnic minorities
  • The nature and impact of the use of dissolvable tobacco products on the public health, including such use on children
  • The effects of the alteration of nicotine yields from tobacco products and whether there is a threshold level below which nicotine yields do not produce dependence on the tobacco product involved
  • Any application submitted by a manufacturer for a modified risk tobacco product

Claudia has done much in the field of Tobacco Cessation and has received several grants in this area.

We look forward to see what she accomplishes in her committee role!