Obama Picks Duke Physician to Head FDA

CQ Roll Call, September 15, 2015. President Obama will nominate Robert Califf to be the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, the White House announced Tuesday. Califf has served as the agency’s deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco since January. In that role, he oversees the agency’s divisions responsible for tobacco, drugs, medical devices and biological treatments, areas where the FDA is currently drafting new policies and regulations.

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Michael Milken, from Junk Bonds to Legislative Advocate

Boston Globe, September 14, 2015. Not everyone is pleased with Milken’s behind-the-scenes advocacy. While supporters say the Cures Act, a version of which was passed by the House in July, would make it cheaper and faster to get cutting-edge drugs and medical devices to patients, critics warn that it would create dangerous regulatory shortcuts.

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Delayed Scrutiny: Problems with Birth Control Device Expose Gaps in FDA Oversight

Modern Healthcare, July 25, 2015. More than 19,000 women have joined a Facebook support group called Essure Problems. Many have reported debilitating abdominal pain, heavy bleeding and large weight fluctuations. They claim these side effects were not disclosed to them by the manufacturer or their doctors, and that their complaints have been dismissed for years by the device manufacturer, physicians and the federal government.

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