Lubna Merchant PharmD, M.S.

Deputy Director, Office of Medication Error Prevention and Risk Management, FDA

Lubna Merchant, PharmD, M.S.: Dr. Merchant currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Office of Medication Error Prevention and Risk Management in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s (CDER) where she is responsible for the Center’s programs in risk management and medication error prevention.  She provides expertise on development and implementation of programs and initiatives to support the Center’s policies related to Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS). She serves as expert/scientific advisor on medication errors associated with drug and biological products within the Center and outside agencies. Dr. Merchant provides oversight, coordination, and technical expertise for the pre and post-marketing activities involving medication error prevention and analysis of regulated drug and drug/device products, including the review of proposed proprietary names for CDER.

Dr. Merchant graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with Master of Science in Industrial Pharmacy and Doctorate of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency. She has worked in a variety of health care settings including retail pharmacy, Industry and hospital pharmacy as an inpatient pharmacist and as clinical specialist. 

Lubna Merchant