Last year, I attended FDA’s first science writers’ symposium, an interesting program that I’m looking forward to again this year. I wrote up a brief report on the event and took some very amateur videos of scientists’ presentations, envisioning the construction of some grand documentary on FDA's new lab...
January has been another tough month for FDA. There were the whistleblower reports from the Center for Devices, then the Government Accounting Office blasted the Agency for lax review of high-risk medical devices.
Yesterday brought news that FDA's chief scientist and deputy commissioner Frank Torti would assume the role of acting commissioner within FDA. (More on this from the WSJ blog). Great, he seems uniquely qualified, has a strong scientific background.
Janet Woodcock, head of FDA’s CDER, strikes me as the type of person you’d want in charge during a crisis. And that’s exactly where FDA, and CDER, have found themselves this year, so I’m not surprised that Dr. W.