to nominate Hamburg for FDA
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3/12/2009-According to The New York Times,
President Obama intends to nominate Margaret Hamburg to lead the Food and
Drug Administration sometime this week. In addition, Joshua Sharfstein, the
Health Commissioner of Baltimore, Md., will become Hamburg’s Chief Deputy.
Hamburg will succeed
Andrew von Eschenbach, who led the agency from 2005 until this past Jan. In
1991, Hamburg was appointed by N.Y. Mayor David Dinkins as Acting Commissioner
and become Commissioner the following year. She left N.Y. in 1997 to become
Assistant Secretary for planning and evaluation at the federal Dept. of
Health and Human Services, where she created a bioterrorism initiative and
led planning for pandemic flu response.
According to the article,
Peter J. Pitts, President of the Center for Medicine in the Public
Interest, said the selection of Hamburg and Sharfstein suggests that the
Obama administration supports splitting the FDA. If that is the case, Pitts
believes that Hamburg would become Commissioner of food, while Sharfstein
would lead the FDA, which would become the Federal Drug Administration.
The New York Times article