Hensley: New FDA chief looks to be tough

Andrew Van Dam

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

According to NPR Health Blog’s Scott Hensley, newly confirmed FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg sounds like she means business.hamburg-speech

Hamburg vowed to speed things up around FDA headquarters, calling the agency’s processing times for some routine tasks “unacceptable.” She also proposed a new system of publishing “close-out letters” on the FDA Web site when companies resolve a problem about which they had been formally warned by the FDA, presumably in the hopes that violators with clean up their act faster with the added motivation of a publicized clean bill of health.

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