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Robert Califf has been confirmed as the New FDA Commissioner

Thursday, February 25, 2016  
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Senate lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to confirm Robert Califf, a longtime cardiologist and academic researcher, as the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

"Dr. Califf is the right person with the right experience to build on the FDA’s unsurpassed record of protecting public health while encouraging innovation and the introduction of new life-saving therapies to the market," Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said in a statement.

Califf, who joined the FDA a year ago after decades as a researcher and administrator at Duke University, was nominated by President Obama to run the agency last September. He has long been considered a likely candidate for the job.

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