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US: Trump taps Gottlieb to head FDA

 |  March 12, 2017

The White House is expected to nominate Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a physician and conservative health policy expert, to lead the US Food and Drug Administration, sources familiar with the matter said.

If confirmed by the Senate, Gottlieb would be in charge of implementing President Donald Trump’s plan to dramatically cut regulations governing food, drugs, cosmetics, dietary supplements and tobacco.

Gottlieb, 44, is a resident fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank and a partner at a large venture capital fund. He is a former FDA deputy commissioner who has frequently advocated a loosening of requirements needed for approval of new medical products.

Gottlieb is well-known on Capitol Hill, where he has testified multiple times on hot-button health issues, including complex drug pricing matters, and is viewed favorably by the pharmaceuticals industry.

Full Content: Bloomberg

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