FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb resigns

US Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb has resigned, according to The Washington Post. The move, which Gottlieb has said is because he wants to have more time with his family, supposedly came as a surprise to senior White House officials. Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary Alex Azar confirmed the news.

Gottlieb, who became FDA commissioner in May 2017, had been a top official at the agency during the George W. Bush administration. When his name was first floated to head the FDA, critics spotlighted his connections to the industry and his work for pharmaceutical companies like GlaxoSmithKline — work that netted him over $400,000 in pay between 2013 and 2015. Still, he was confirmed with a 57-42 vote in the…

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