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Scott Gottlieb Nominated to Lead the FDA

Scott Gottlieb Nominated to Lead the FDA

The news organization cites a ProPublica website, Dollars for Docs, which shows that Gottlieb has received more than $400,000 from the pharmaceutical industry between August 2013 and December 2015 from promotional talks, research, consulting and travel during his time practicing at Stamform Hospital in CT.

On the other hand, Gottlieb's medical background and experience at FDA and CMS could bode well for FDA and industry.

Concerns regarding Gottlieb's fit and impartiality probably will come up at his Senate confirmation hearing, which could delay his confirmation, similar to what happened with his predecessor, Califf.

In a survey of pharmaceutical executives from Mizuho Securities USA, given the choice of four potential candidates to run the FDA, including O'Neill, 72% chose Gottlieb, according to EndPoints News. "He believes in the power of innovation to improve the quality of patient care and has the insight and experience to make it possible", said David Mott, General Partner and head of NEA's healthcare investing practice in the press release.

Gottlieb graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and also studied Economics at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.


Consumer advocates worry about his connection to the pharmaceutical industry.

As for access to reproductive products, including contraception or abortion medication, "the question is will he stand up to political pressure, not just on behalf of the FDA, [but] on behalf of people in the United States who depend on the FDA making its decisions based on science and on good medicine", Wood asked.

However, because of Gottlieb's "enormous" conflicts of interest with industry, Zuckerman said she is not entirely comfortable with his selection. In fact, clinicians at the front lines caring for patients and populations affected by these diseases have for years been calling for balanced reforms that allow for novel products to come online faster-importantly, however, without comprising safety standards and while still keeping a watchful eye on the companies that manufacture them. "He has spent most of his career dedicated to promoting the financial interests of the pharmaceutical industry and the US Senate must reject him", Michael Carome, Director of the Public Citizen's Health Research Group said in a statement.

However, not everyone is keen about Gottlieb's nomination reports NPR.


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