Friday, December 12, 2008
Article in the Wall Street Journal -- Critics Top Shortlist for FDA Head, by Alicia Mundy. Here's an excerpt:
A doctor who once denounced Pfizer Inc. for holding a marketing event in a pool hall is leading President-elect Barack Obama's team formally assessing the troubled Food and Drug Administration, boosting his chances of becoming the next FDA commissioner.
Joshua Sharfstein, now head of the Baltimore Health Department, has tangled with the pharmaceutical industry on several occasions and would likely lead the agency to get tougher on drugs. Companies might benefit from his strong support of childhood vaccinations, however.
Several other candidates remain in the running for the top FDA post, and no decision appears imminent.