Trump taps cancer specialist from Texas hospital to run FDA
FDA could ban all vaping flavors if deemed necessary: FDA Commissioner
FDA acting commissioner Norman Sharpless testifies on flavored e-cigarettes.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday picked a cancer specialist and hospital executive to lead the Food and Drug Administration.
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If confirmed, Dr. Stephen Hahn of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston would inherit a raft of high-profile public health issues, including leading the agency's response to a wave of underage vaping and the opioid epidemic.
The White House announced the nomination in a statement, citing Hahn's role as the cancer center's top medical executive. The Senate will vote on whether to confirm the 59-year-old to the post.
Ned Sharpless, who previously led the National Cancer Institute, has been serving as acting commissioner since April, when Trump's first FDA chief, Scott Gottlieb, stepped down after less than two years on the job. The administration faced a legal deadline of Friday to nominate a permanent replacement.
Headquartered in the Maryland suburbs outside Washington, the FDA regulates a variety of consumer goods, including prescription drugs, medical devices, tobacco and vaping products, cosmetics and most food.