Senate confirms Califf as FDA commissioner |

Senate confirms Califf as FDA commissioner

The Senate today today confirmed Robert Califf, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the Food and Drug Administration commissioner.

The vote was 89 to 4, The New York Times reported.

Califf, a cardiologist and medical researcher, does not have much of a record on food issues, but his confirmation proved controversial because the FDA had moved to approve genetically modified salmon for human consumption without labeling and because some senators were concerned about the FDA’s approval of prescription painkillers.

There is concern in rural America that too many people are taking prescription painkillers and then shifting to illegal drugs.

The FDA has agreed to address the issues surrounding genetically modified salmon, a particular concern of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.

–The Hagstrom Report

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