San­ders Votes No on FDA Nom­i­nee

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Wash­ing­ton, DC

Sen.Bernie San­ders (I-Vt.) is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment to­day af­ter he voted by proxy against the nom­i­na­tion of Dr. Robert Califf to be com­mis­sioner of the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion: "At a time when mil­lions of Amer­i­cans can­not af­ford to pur­chase the pre­scrip­tion drugs they need, we need a leader at the FDA who is pre­pared to stand up to the drug com­pa­nies. We need some­one who will work to sub­stan­tially lower drug prices, im­ple­ment rules to safely im­port brand-name drugs from Canada and hold com­pa­nies ac­count­able who de­fraud our govern­ment. Dr. Califf is not that per­son. His ex­ten­sive ties to the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try give me no rea­son to be­lieve that he would make the FDA work for or­di­nary Amer­i­cans, rather than phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try CEOs who are more fo­cused on mak­ing ob­scene prof­its than sav­ing lives."

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