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Califf confirmed as new FDA commissioner

Califf confirmed as new FDA commissioner

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Dr. Robert Califf as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Califf, who was deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco, was nominated as FDA commissioner by President Barack Obama in mid-September. No significant opposition was expected for his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, as the Senate voted 89-4

Obama nominates Califf as FDA commissioner

Obama nominates Califf as FDA commissioner

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration’s current deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco is likely to become the organization’s next commissioner. Dr. Robert Califf, a cardiologist and clinical researcher long affiliated with Duke University, on Tuesday was nominated as FDA commissioner by President Barack Obama. On Wednesday, his nomination was sent to the

FDA approves first biosimilar product

FDA approves first biosimilar product

WASHINGTON — Zarxio (filgrastim), a cancer treatment from Sandoz Inc., has become the first biosimilar product approved in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration announced its approval of Zarxio, a biosimilar to Neupogen, an oncology product from Amgen Inc., on Friday. The move is being hailed as a watershed event that paves the

Hamburg to step down as FDA commissioner

WASHINGTON — Dr. Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, will step aside next month after nearly six years at the helm of the agency overseeing many of the nation’s most contentious public policy issues and products representing about 20% of every dollar spent by ­consumers. Hamburg, 59, said her decision to step

Reports: FDA commissioner Hamburg to step down

Margaret Hamburg WASHINGTON — Margaret Hamburg reportedly is stepping down as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Published reports said Thursday that the 59-year-old Hamburg is slated to leave the FDA commissioner post at the end of March and that the Obama administration plans to make a formal announcement on Friday. Plans call for