Califf confirmed as new FDA Commissioner

The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink is extremely pleased to see that, earlier today, the U.S. Senate has confirmed Dr. Robert Califf as the new Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as a successor to Dr. Margaret Hamburg.

We believe that Dr. Califf has precisely the types of credentials, skills, and expertise to continue the significant changes in thinking about the FDA as a key, US-based public health agency initiated by Dr. Hamburg, and we wish him well in this new position.

4 Responses

  1. I don’t think the Senate should have consented to the new FDA Commissioner. Remember, this is an election year, and the Republican Senate should have waited until the next President is elected before it considered any nominations. Can Sitemaster, with his vast knowledge of many complicated subjects, explain this apparent inconsistent Republican Senate position? : -)

    Thank you.


  2. Yes, actually Sitemaster can.

    It is customary for all heads of agencies like to FDA to proffer their resignations to a new president at the time of his or her appointment. Smart new presidents commonly do not accept a significant number of those resignations, particularly for largely non-political agencies such as the FDA.

    Of course one can never predict what some new president’s might do!

  3. Richard:

    By the way, there are very few competent individuals who actually want the job as the Commissioner of the FDA. It comes with very little power and a multitude of headaches on a weekly basis. A wise President and a wise Senate act promptly when they get the chance to approve a really competent candidate who actually understands what the point of the job is!

  4. Sitemaster,

    As usual, you have given a brilliant explanation. I couldn’t agree more with your last sentence! Thank you!

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