Obama’s pick to lead the FDA has accepted more than $29,000 from pharma companies

ap senate panel questions fda nominee on drug prices approvalsAPDr. Robert Califf, President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration, testifying in Washington on Tuesday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on his nomination.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration defended his record Tuesday as senators pressed him about rising drug prices, slow approval times for new drugs, and his ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. Robert Califf, 64, is the No. 2 official at the agency, which regulates consumer products from medications to seafood to e-cigarettes.

He joined the FDA as deputy commissioner earlier this year after more than 30 years as a prominent cardiologist and medical researcher at Duke University.

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