Woodcock To Be Acting US FDA Commissioner, Leaving Agency in Stable, Capable Hands
Agency has been prepping Woodcock for the temporary task but what will happen to her role on Operation Warp Speed remains unclear. The move should give Biden team cushion to confirm a permanent leader of whom a top contender is former senior FDA staffer Joshua Sharfstein, a proponent of drug reforms that may irk manufacturers.
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Opioid issues delayed Robert Califf’s confirmation as FDA commissioner. Could they prevent the nomination of Janet Woodcock?
If Biden administration wants to nominate the acting commissioner, Vacancies Reform Act would dictate the timing. Woodcock can still get the nod and remain head of the agency during the confirmation process, just as Andrew von Eschenbach retained his acting title following his nomination in 2006.
To help with the transition to Biden’s COVID-19 response, Woodcock will retain some therapeutic development duties in the program the Trump administration had called Operation Warp Speed.