Stephen Hahn For US FDA Commissioner: Will Academic Experience Suffice For Confirmation?
The MD Anderson Cancer Center administrator's lack of significant government administration experience may inspire questions during the confirmation process.
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Some stakeholders in regulated industries are concerned that without a history as a public agency executive, Stephen Hahn could have an unpredictable tenure as FDA commissioner. Still, consumer health industry trade groups note regulatory topics crucial to the industry's growth and consumer safety should be clear.
Among Hahn's primary duties should be to reassure staff that he will not be making radical changes and begin working on a priority list, experts told the Pink Sheet.
HELP Committee ranking member Patty Murray said because of Hahn's evasive responses to questions about curbing youth e-cigarette use during committee meeeting, she would oppose his confirmation. She also said she was not convinced Hahn would uphold FDA standards.