7 former FDA commissioners: The Trump administration is undermining the credibility of the FDA

The Food and Drug Administration building is seen from a bus stop on the agency's campus in Silver Spring in 2018. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

7 former FDA commissioners: The Trump administration is undermining the credibility of the FDA

Published date

September 29, 2020

Opinion by 7 former FDA commissioners

 

September 29, 2020 at 5:16 p.m. EDT

 

Robert Califf, Scott Gottlieb, Margaret Hamburg, Jane Henney, David Kessler, Mark McClellan and Andy von Eschenbach are all former commissioners of the Food and Drug Administration. Kessler is an adviser for the Biden campaign. Gottlieb and McClellan serve on the boards of Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, respectively, both of which are developing covid-19 vaccines.

 

With our country having passed the grim milestone of 200,000 covid-19 deaths, losing the equivalent of the entire population of Salt Lake City, the Food and Drug Administration might soon face one of its most important decisions in our lifetimes: the authorization of a coronavirus vaccine. A vaccine is urgently needed to reduce the health impacts of the virus and help Americans return to normalcy.

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Authors

Mark McClellan

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD

Director of Margolis Center
Robert J. Margolis, MD, Professor of Business, Medicine and Policy
Margolis Executive Core Faculty