Commish and Deputy Commish
This from Vera Shavner's blog. Multiple hat tips and huzzahs!......
"This just in from the Wall Street Journal online: Margaret "Peggy" Hamburg, a former health commissioner in New York City, is the leading candidate to become FDA commissioner, the agency's top job,while Baltimore health chief Joshua Sharfstein is in line to become a deputycommissioner, the people said."During her stint in New York, she won support for a clean-needle-exchangeprogram for drug addicts in order to limit the spread of AIDS. She opposed a"morality oath" demanded by the Board of Education in 1992 while the citywas debating abstinence-focused sex education in schools. She said thatscience-driven public-health practices, and not "moral judgment" or "wishfulthinking," should be the basis for educating youngsters on how to avoidAIDS.""Dr. Sharfstein, 39, was a candidate for the top job but roused strongopposition from some in the drug industry, according to lobbyists who pushedRepublicans to oppose him. FDA deputies don't need Senate approval."
I don't know much about Hamburg, but it looks like a good team. What does this mean for the current deputies besides Torti--Lumpkin, Lutter, Dyer? And Janet Woodcock in CDER?