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Edmund Pezalla Attends the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Event for the Release of New Public Health and Safety Report

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Edmund Pezalla Attends the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Event for the Release of New Public Health and Safety Report16:37 EDT Tuesday, September 25, 2012 HARTFORD, Conn. (Business Wire) -- Edmund Pezalla, M.D., MPH, Aetnanational medical director for Pharmacy Policy and Strategy and invited expert to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), was in Washington, D.C. today for the release of the group's new report. The “Propelling Innovation in Drug Discovery, Development, and Evaluation” report outlines a set of recommendations that the Federal Government and non-Federal parties can use to further protect the public health and safety of U.S. citizens. This report also helps accelerate the development of innovative medicines. The release event was held in partnership with and hosted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). (left to right) Eric Lander, PhD, head of PCAST and co-chair of the report with Edmund Pezalla, M.D., MPH, Aetna national medical director for Pharmacy Policy and Strategy (Photo: Business Wire) Since 2011, Pezalla has been working with PCAST members and others as a subject matter expert, and has played a key role in providing advice that has informed the development of the group's report. President Obama first announced his 21-member PCAST in 2009 as an advisory group of the nation's leading scientists and engineers who directly advise the President and the Executive Office of the President. This group makes policy recommendations in the many areas that focus on science, technology, and innovation. These focus areas are key components to strengthening the economy and forming a policy that works for the American people. About Aetna Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 36.7 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services and health information technology services. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50420590&lang=en Media Contact:AetnaSamantha Coppola, 860-273-8864CoppolaS@aetna.com