US FDA CHIEF SCOTT GOTTLIEB STEPS DOWN AFTER NEARLY TWO YEARS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

US FDA CHIEF SCOTT GOTTLIEB STEPS DOWN AFTER NEARLY TWO YEARS

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief Scott Gottlieb said on Tuesday he plans to step down in a month, calling into question how the agency would handle critical issues such as e-cigarette use among teens and efforts to increase competition for prescription drugs.

The Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the FDA, announced Gottlieb's resignation on Tuesday.

Gottlieb was well regarded and won bipartisan support for his efforts to curb the use of flavoured e-cigarettes among young people in the United States, speed approval times for cheap generic medicines to increase competition and bring down prescription drug prices and boost the use of cheaper versions of expensive biotech medicines, called biosimilars.

"Scott's leadership inspired historic results from the FDA team, which delivered record approvals of both innovative treatments and affordable generic drugs, while advancing important policies to confront opioid addiction, tobacco and youth e-cigarette use," Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.

The FDA did not respond to a request for comment.

The Washington Post first reported on Tuesday that Gottlieb planned to resign.

"Scott has helped us to lower drug prices, get a record number of generic drugs approved and onto the market, and so many other things. He and his talents will be greatly missed!" Republican President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder what really led to this guy's resignation... and where he is going next.

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