Stephen Hahn confirmed as new FDA chief
The Senate has voted 72-18 to confirm Stephen Hahn as the nation’s 24th commissioner of food and drugs, ushering in a longtime researcher and medical executive that faced little backlash in the confirmation process but was widely seen as a secondary choice for those around the agency.
Four ex-FDA chiefs and dozens of high-profile groups had publicly endorsed for the job acting commissioner Ned Sharpless, who served from Scott Gottlieb’s surprise departure through November 1, when President Donald Trump officially nominated Hahn. Gottlieb also gave his support to Sharpless on Twitter.
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