Feb 21, 2017

FDA may not get a new commissioner for a while

Andrew Harnik/AP

Remember a few weeks ago, when President Trump said he was about to nominate a new Food and Drug Administration chief? It's been radio silence since then, and BioCentury, quoting sources who are involved in the nominee prepping, reports that the announcement may still be a month to six weeks away. (FWIW, Scott Gottlieb is still said to be the front-runner.)

Why it matters: It's not like the FDA has never gone without a permanent chief before — it took months before Robert Califf was confirmed to replace Margaret Hamburg. But in that case, both served under Obama, so the agency wasn't waiting for a big change in direction the way it is under Trump. So the FDA will have to wait a bit longer to find out what its new marching orders will be.

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