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Deputy commissioner leaving FDA

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Scott Gottlieb, MD, the agency's Medical & Scientific Affairs exec, announces Dec. 12 he will leave to return to the American Enterprise Institute think tank, where he was a resident fellow before joining FDA 18 months ago. He has worked on FDA policy initiatives, including improving the advisory committee process and improving the effectiveness of the agency's approaches to communicating risk information to the public. Gottlieb, who practiced internal medicine during his tenure as a public official, also helped facilitate implementing new regulations and policies, including drug and biologic products labeling and expanded access to drugs under development. Gottlieb, who is leaving FDA effective Jan. 16, 2007, commented this year that technological changes in the drug marketplace will prompt changes in the approval process for nonprescription products and will lead to opportunities for development of new OTCs, particularly for chronic conditions (1"The Tan Sheet" May 8, 2006, p. 4)...

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