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FDA chief orders programs review


WASHINGTON — The head of the Food and Drug Administra­tion said Tuesday he has commission­ed an independen­t review of the agency’s food and tobacco programs following months of criticism over its handling of the baby formula shortage and e-cigarette reviews.

The announceme­nt comes as FDA Commission­er Robert Califf attempts to push past several controvers­ies that have dominated his second stint running the agency.

Califf said the nonprofit Reagan-Udall Foundation — a nongovernm­ental research group created by Congress to support the FDA’s work — would convene experts to deliver evaluation­s within 60 business days of both the food and tobacco operations.

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