Acting FDA Chief Sharpless Pledges 'Full Speed Ahead' On Current Agenda
In his first speech to agency staff, Acting Commissioner Norman Sharpless says FDA will continue working on issues including food safety and nutrition drug, and he is not approaching the post like a temporary caretaker. Sharpless said his appointment does not reflect attempt by President Trump or HHS Secretary Alex Azar to force FDA to change direction set by Scott Gottlieb.
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