As one of the most widely-used prescriptions withdrawn from the market, Rofecobix highlights issues facing public health leaders during a drug recall. With approval by the Food and Drug Administration in 1999, Merck marketed the drug for public use. In 2004, the drug was recalled for safety and cardiovascular problems developed in patients taking the medication (Topol, 2004). With nearly $2.5 billion dollars in sales and over 80 million people exposed to the drug, Merck’s recall turned into a public firestorm of litigation cases against the corporation.
In this week’s article by Topol, the author addresses the scandal surrounding safety concerns and the drug recall of Rofecobix. Use the Learning Resources as well as 2–4 additional resources from the Walden Library, current events, etc., to consider the facts in the case. Think about the traits and skills of the primary leaders. After considering the issues in the case, work with your group to address possible shortcomings of primary leadership and systemic issues. Also, as a group, think about strategies for improvements that use a systems thinking approach
Case Study Analysis (3 pages, APA, 5 References)
- The Topol article will be used (link to article listed below). In this paper include the following sections:
- A summary of possible shortcomings of the skills and traits of the primary leaders in the case study
- A description of systemic issues and strategies for system improvement utilizing systems thinking
LINK TO ARTICLE