FDA Commissioner Leaving Agency in March

After almost six years leading the Food and Drug Administration, Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg announced that she will be leaving the post in March, leaving behind a legacy of improving food safety and speeding-up drug approvals.  Dr. Stephen Ostroff, FDA’s chief scientist, is expected to be her temporary replacement.

Hamburg said in an interview that she is leaving the FDA because “this is a difficult and demanding job where you’re buffeted by all sorts of points of view.”  Several controversial issues were tackled by FDA during her tenure such as the approval of Plan B morning-after contraceptives for teens and tackling compounding pharmacies.

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