Former FDAer joins GPhA regulatory affairs
Former FDA Office of Generic Drugs Deputy Director Gordon Johnston is joining the Generic Pharmaceutical Association as VP-regulatory affairs. Johnston worked at FDA for 12 years, leaving OGD in January 1999 to join fellow former OGD Deputy Director Robert Pollack at Lachman Consultant Services (1"The Pink Sheet" Nov. 9, 1998, In Brief)...
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