Woodcock To Be Acting US FDA Commissioner; Sharfstein Tops Biden's List Of Candidates For Post
Agency has been prepping Woodcock for the temporary task but what will happen to her role on Operation Warp Speed remains unclear. The move should give Biden team cushion to confirm a permanent leader of whom a top contender is former senior FDA staffer Joshua Sharfstein, a proponent of drug reforms that may irk manufacturers.
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Janet Woodcock would continue tackling issues including bogus COVID-19 claims and heavy metals in baby food if nominated as FDA commissioner, says former head Scott Gottlieb. He praises Woodcock’s “great judgment” and her view on policy that will “expand across the agency.”
Margaret Hamburg says selection process may move faster once Xavier Becerra is confirmed as HHS secretary since 'the chemistry of the relationship between the FDA commissioner and the HHS secretary is important.'
Acting commissioner Janet Woodcock, a candidate for the permanent job, and agency’s career staff also garner the group's compliments.