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Dr. Beverly Corey, FDA’s Senior Regional Advisor for Sub-Saharan Africa has passed away

August 9, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

Today, we are saddened to learn our dear colleague and friend, Dr. Beverly Corey, FDA’s Senior Regional Advisor for Sub-Saharan Africa has passed away. There are not enough words to express how much Dr. Corey will be missed.

For the last 3 years, Dr. Corey served as the Senior Regional Advisor for Sub-Saharan Africa in FDA’s Office of International Programs (OIP). Having previously worked in FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Corey first joined FDA’s Office of the Commissioner in 1989, and joined OIP in 1999 as the Director of the International Programs and Resource Management Staff. From 2002 until the re-structure of OIP under the “Beyond our Borders Initiative” in 2008, she served as Director of the Asia and the Pacific, Africa and Middle East Staff. From December 2008 to August 2009, she served as the Acting Country Director for India.

Dr. Corey served as the primary representative for FDA in Sub-Saharan Africa. She was responsible for ensuring appropriate engagement with foreign regulatory counterparts in the region on all issues that relate to FDA-regulated products. This included managing the sharing of information and addressing regulatory compliance issues, some of which have a global impact. She engaged strategically with sub-regional and regional organizations and managed regulatory systems strengthening activities that contribute to global health.

Dr. Corey’s leadership in FDA activities supported global access to quality drugs. She managed FDA participation in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and served as the FDA point of contact with all outside entities in the coordination of Agency activities dealing with PEPFAR, including those associated with drug firms seeking to participate in the expedited review process for antiretroviral (ARV) therapies for use in the PEPFAR focus countries. She was also the point of contact with the WHO Prequalification Unit to facilitate the sharing of confidential information to leverage review of antiretroviral products and facilitate the posting of FDA tentatively approved and approved ARVs on the WHO website.

Dr. Corey received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Tuskegee University.

More information on funeral services and where you may send cards, flowers, etc. will be shared at a later date. Please forward this message to anyone we may have missed.


Lou Valdez
Associate Commissioner for International Programs

Sema Hashemi
Deputy Director, Asia-Pacific Office
Office of International Programs


August 9, 2014
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