Califf Breezes Through Nomination Hearing for FDA Chief

WASHINGTON — Most members of a Senate committee had few reservations yesterday about Robert Califf’s qualifications to be the next commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“You come here today with impressive qualifications,” said Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn), who clearly was a fan, as were many other Republican members of the panel.

Questions about Dr Califf’s ties to the pharmaceutical industry, however, have dogged him since President Obama nominated him in September to lead the FDA. Read More

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