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Ezekiel Emanuel,, The Myth of Personalized Medicine

  • Wednesday, 1 August 2012

In a interview with FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Ezekiel Emanuel argued that "personalized medicine is a myth" and characterized excited public discussion of the potential of population-wide individual gene-based medicine as "hyperbolic." He said tailoring medical treatments to individual characteristics of each patient is both overly optimistic and cost-prohibitive and likened the process to buying a custom-made suit versus one off the rack." The former White House health policy advisor and one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act, Emanuel is Penn's Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy.

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