FDA Head to Resign in March
Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2009, plans to resign from her post in March. The FDA’s chief scientist and a former official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Stephen Ostroff, will act as temporary commissioner until President Obama names Hamburg’s successor.
Hamburg’s expected replacement is Robert M. Califf, a former Duke University cardiologist, who recently became the FDA deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco. Any candidate for the post of FDA commissioner must win congressional approval.