Califf Clears First Senate Hurdle, But FDA Abortion Pill Decision May Complicate Final Confirmation
Republican opposition to Califf over the agency’s recent move to relax its Mifeprex restrictions is ominous since in order be confirmed as FDA commissioner he’ll need enough GOP votes to make up for Democratic opposition over his opioid track record and connections to the drug industry.
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Final Senate vote on Robert Califf’s nomination to lead the US Food and Drug Administration is expected 15 February after Califf narrowly squeaked through a procedural vote. The final vote is expected to be even tighter.
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