Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance Aquestive Therapeutics
Dr. Rikin Mehta is an executive health professional,
pharmacist and medical product attorney with extensive experience in industry,
government and academics.
Currently, Dr. Mehta is the Vice President, and Head
of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance at Aquestive Therapeutics; a
publicly-traded specialty pharmaceutical company that advances and
commercializes medicines to solve critical healthcare problems and meaningfully
improve people’s lives.
Prior to his current role, Dr. Mehta was the Head of Regulatory
Policy for Pfizer Consumer Health where worked to advance industry and FDA
policy discussions on Rx to OTC Switch, monograph reform and dietary supplement
legislation. He briefly served as the Pfizer representative on the Board of
Directors for the Council for Responsible Nutrition. Prior to industry, Dr.
Mehta was politically appointed as the executive public health official for the
DC Department of Health (DOH) where he directed the regulatory affairs
department charged with protecting and enforcing the District’s public health
laws. Prior to DOH, Dr. Mehta served as the Deputy Director for the Division of
Medical Policy Programs with the Office of Medical Policy at the FDA. As the
Deputy, Dr. Mehta created and led the Nonprescription Safe Use Regulatory
Expansion (NSURE) Initiative exploring innovative approaches for
nonprescription drug products to alleviate the under-treatment of common
conditions or diseases by expanding access to medications through Rx to OTC
Switches. Dr. Mehta started his FDA career in CDER, Office of Compliance (OC),
where he worked on the Agency’s unapproved and counterfeit drugs initiative,
and supply chain security policies.
Dr. Mehta holds a B.S., Pharm.D., J.D. and LL.M
in global health law, and is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown
University Law Center where he teaches courses in health and drug laws and
regulations. Dr. Mehta enjoys spending time raising his 3 gentlemen and lives
in Chester, NJ.