As a heart specialist, Dr. Califf spent a long time main medical trials on the Duke College Medical Heart in North Carolina. Most lately, he led medical coverage and technique for Verily, the life sciences arm at Alphabet, the dad or mum firm of Google. Through the listening to, he emphasised the worth of current knowledge, a lot in sufferers’ digital medical information, to assist reply troublesome questions in regards to the proof for medication and units.
Republicans requested how he would deal with guidelines round drugs to induce abortion, which had been relaxed through the pandemic after years of tight restrictions. Two days after the listening to, the F.D.A. — beneath Dr. Janet Woodcock, the interim commissioner — introduced that it might completely elevate restrictions, permitting sufferers to terminate a being pregnant within the first 10 weeks after a telemedicine go to with drugs taken at dwelling.
Senator Tommy Tuberville, a Republican committee member from Alabama, stated in a press release that the latest choice knowledgeable his committee vote. “I imagine Dr. Califf will proceed to advance this administration’s pro-abortion agenda, and I can’t help his nomination,” he stated.
Senator Mike Braun, a Republican from Indiana, additionally stated he opposed the nomination over abortion insurance policies and opioid considerations. “Below his management in 2016, the F.D.A. expanded entry to the damaging chemical abortion drug mifepristone and did not take motion to stem the tide of the opioid disaster ravaging our nation,” he stated in a press release.
Dr. Califf was beforehand confirmed in a 89-to-4 Senate vote to guide the F.D.A. over the last yr of the Obama administration. If confirmed once more, he’ll face key selections on tobacco management as he tries to steadiness e-cigarettes as a instrument to assist some give up smoking with out creating a brand new technology of customers. Scrutiny round accelerated approvals of medicine can be heightened, given the present debate over the company’s approval of the controversial Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm.
After Senator Sanders denounced Dr. Califf’s ties to pharmaceutical corporations, which embrace consulting charges and inventory possession amounting to as a lot as $8 million, the nominee advised the Senate panel in mid-December that he would adjust to ethics guidelines set by the F.D.A. and its dad or mum company, the Division of Well being and Human Companies.
Senator Hassan of New Hampshire additionally voted in opposition to Dr. Califf’s nomination. She had pressed him in December on the F.D.A.’s failure to replace the labeling of opioid drugs. Dr. Califf stated the company would proceed to evaluation the proof coming in.