U.S. Senate Confirms Dr. Robert Califf to Lead FDA

From: Scientific American

The agency will be tackling thorny topics including food safety, biologic drugs and how to regulate e-cigarettes

By Reuters Staff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to confirm Dr. Robert Califf as head of the Food and Drug Administration, an agency that regulates everything from food and drugs to tobacco, cosmetics and dietary supplements.

Califf, 64, a well-regarded cardiologist and researcher, takes the helm at the FDA when lawmakers are pressuring the agency to speed the approval process for drugs and medical devices and finalize a proposed rule giving it authority to regulate e-cigarettes.

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