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Posts Tagged ‘Robert Califf’

FDA plans new opioid painkiller approval rules following Senate fight over new commissioner nomination

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will overhaul its review process for opioid painkiller drugs. The announcement came following pressure from three U.S. Senators who had blocked the approval process of Robert Califf, who was nominated to lead the FDA by President Obama. (more…)

Massachusetts Senator raises questions about FDA approval of opioid painkillers at confirmation hearing

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

The Senate confirmation of Dr. Robert Califf to become the new FDA commissioner hit a snag recently when Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Edward Markey placed a “hold” on the nomination over objections to the agency’s approval process for opioid painkillers. Sen. Markey says that in recent years, the FDA has “willfully blinded itself to the warning signs” about the risks of opioid painkiller prescriptions, which have caused roughly 47,000 deaths since 2014. (more…)