FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to Step Down

After six years as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Margaret Hamburg, one of the longest-serving commissioners of the regulatory agency, has announced her resignation from the post, effective March 2015. Filling her vacancy as acting commissioner will be the FDA’s chief scientist Stephen Ostroff. Among Hamburg’s many accomplishments, she oversaw a new food safety system focusing on food contamination and recalls as well as nutrition labeling, tightened tobacco product regulations, and overhauled the drug review process—which has mandated stronger warning labels on dangerous drugs such as Avelox , reigned in misleading marketing campaigns of drugs such as Xarelto, and even pulled some drugs off the market.

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