Carmel, CA Dr. Scott Gottleib Trump’s Pick For FDA Commissionerby Richard Kuehn on 03/11/17
President Donald Trump is set to nominate Dr. Scott Gottleib to run the Food and Drug Administration. He’s a conservative medical doctor who has previous government experience and previously served as deputy FDA commissioner under George W. Bush. You may recognize the name if you read The Wall Street Journal as he is a frequent contributor to the opinion pages. He has promoted provocative views and has promulgated less regulation, a favorite theme of Trump’s. A cancer survivor with a medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, he is expected to be quickly confirmed by the Senate. One item which is expected to be a topic of hot debate is he has proposed putting a committee in charge of drug approval decisions which could potentially give a politically appointed commissioner more direct authority over new-product decisions than is now the case. Harvard Medical School Professor Jerry Avorn told The Journal that he was “particularly concerned” about this concept.