Former FDA Commissioners Push For Sharpless Nomination, Confirmation
Five former US FDA leaders and many stakeholder groups say Acting Commissioner Norman Sharpless should be the next permanent commissioner.
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Acting US FDA commissioner also said he wants to be nominated to the permanent position.
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.