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February 24, 2016
Contact: HHS Press Office

Statement by HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on Senate confirmation of Dr. Robert Califf as FDA Commissioner

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today congratulated new U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf after his nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate.

“I commend the Senate for their bipartisan vote today and am pleased that President Obama’s nominee, Dr. Robert Califf, will become the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Califf is the right person with the right experience to build on the FDA’s unsurpassed record of protecting public health while encouraging innovation and the introduction of new life-saving therapies to the market. I look forward to working with Dr. Califf to ensure the FDA can carry out every aspect of its critical mission; from ensuring the safety and effectiveness of the medical products we use, to protecting the nation’s food supply and implementing its oversight of tobacco products, to furthering our efforts to combat opioid abuse. Dr. Califf's life in medicine and research has positively impacted the lives of many Americans, and as the new head of the FDA, he will be able to improve the lives of many more.

“I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to Dr. Steve Ostroff for serving as acting commissioner. He has provided important leadership and a steady hand as the FDA has continued its important work. I am grateful for his willingness to serve and look forward to continuing our work together through the remainder of the administration.”

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Last revised: February 24, 2016

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