Theranos, the much-talked-about biotech company, is in the news again in a Mashable article “Theranos is Wrapped in Scandal But Goes Hard to Change Laws to Its Advantage” for its push to allow patients to obtain blood tests without their doctor’s permission. Prof. Patti Zettler weighed in on the issue in the article, noting “[t]he story we’re hearing from companies like Theranos is that more information in the hands of patients will be good and empowering . . . But will patients try to diagnose themselves, or misunderstand the results?”
Patricia J. Zettler is an associate professor at Georgia State University College of Law and a member of the Center for Law, Health & Society. She was a former attorney with the Food and Drug Administration. Zettler’s research focuses on the regulation of medicine, biotechnology, and biomedical research, as well as food and drug policy.