Azar keen on nominating Brett Giroir, divisive assistant HHS secretary, to top job at FDA — report
HHS secretary Alex Azar reportedly has his eye on nominating Brett Giroir — controversially confirmed as assistant secretary of HHS last year — to head the FDA as judgment day on Ned Sharpless’ term as acting commissioner looms.
President Donald Trump must make a decision about the commissioner of food and drugs by November 1, as mandated by the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 that entitles a Senate-confirmed position to be filled in an acting capacity for a maximum of 210 days, after the position is vacated. The effervescent Scott Gottlieb resigned as FDA commissioner earlier this year, departing officially on April 5.
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