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In ‘Power Grab,’ Health Secretary Azar Asserts Authority Over F.D.A.

On Sep 19, 2020
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Experts said the memo would make it more difficult for the F.D.A. to issue new rules, but it’s unclear how it would affect the vetting of coronavirus vaccines.

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On Sep 19, 2020
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Outside observers were alarmed by the new memo. Dr. Peter Lurie, president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest and a former associate commissioner of the F.D.A., called it “a power grab.” https://t.co/XgXOU8FFNn
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In ‘Power Grab,’ Health Secretary Azar Asserts Authority Over F.D.A.

In ‘Power Grab,’ Health Secretary Azar Asserts Authority Over F.D.A.

Experts said the memo would make it more difficult for the F.D.A. to issue new rules, but it’s unclear how it would affect the vetting of coronavirus vaccines.

Stephen Hahn, F.D.A. Chief, Is Caught Between Scientists and the President

Stephen Hahn, F.D.A. Chief, Is Caught Between Scientists and the President

Many medical experts — including members of his own staff — worry about whether Dr. Hahn has the fortitude and political savvy to protect the scientific integrity of the F.D.A. from Mr. ...

HHS Secretary Alex Azar says Dr. Fauci remains a ‘trusted adviser’ and blames spike in cases on personal behavior, particularly among younger people

HHS Secretary Alex Azar says Dr. Fauci remains a ‘trusted adviser’ and blames spike in cases on personal behavior, particularly among younger people

During a stop in Chicago on Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said pandemic spikes are not a result of efforts to reopen economies too early, but of a failure in ...

The pandemic is a matter of life and death: Election politics is turning it into a matter of opinion

The pandemic is a matter of life and death: Election politics is turning it into a matter of opinion

The pandemic has been politicized in the U.S. since the first cases were reported in January, but the rhetoric has spiked as the country approaches the November election. Public health ...

How consultants shopped Verma

How consultants shopped Verma

Democrats debate again — House panel advances vaping ban

To Open the Country Safely, We Need a Deliberate and Measurable Plan

To Open the Country Safely, We Need a Deliberate and Measurable Plan

I worked with 21 health experts and bi-partisan political leaders to develop a strategy for America to #OpenSafely

“Calling Dr Trump”

“Calling Dr Trump”

Fake news from a fake doctor? US president Donald Trump has been making medical pronouncements since long before he became president. In 2019, the tradition continued, reports Joanne ...

FT Health: Pandemic exposes looming superbug crisis

FT Health: Pandemic exposes looming superbug crisis

Muhammad Ali Pate of the World Bank, Covid-19 trajectory, vaccine politics

Scott Gottlieb was the most aggressive anti-tobacco FDA leader in years. Now he’s leaving.

Scott Gottlieb was the most aggressive anti-tobacco FDA leader in years. Now he’s leaving.

Before Scott Gottlieb, Trump was rumored to be considering Silicon Valley insiders with no medical background for the director position, including the super-libertarian PayPal founder Peter ...

Health Officials Worry Nation’s Not Ready for COVID-19 Vaccine

Health Officials Worry Nation’s Not Ready for COVID-19 Vaccine

As the nation awaits a vaccine to end the pandemic, local health departments say they lack the staff, money, tools ― and a unified plan ― to distribute, administer and track millions of ...

An Army of Volunteers Is Taking On Vaccine Disinformation Online

An Army of Volunteers Is Taking On Vaccine Disinformation Online

Anti-vaccine messages on social media have tripled since the pandemic began. One public health group wants to teach pro-vaccine Americans to fight fire with fire.

Ex-officials call for $46 billion for tracing, isolating in next coronavirus package

Ex-officials call for $46 billion for tracing, isolating in next coronavirus package

Leading former federal health officials Andy Slavitt and Scott Gottlieb are leading a call for $46 billion for specific measures in a next coronavirus aid package to safely reopen the ...

Health experts call for $46.5 billion to expand contact tracing, isolation

Health experts call for $46.5 billion to expand contact tracing, isolation

A group of leading health experts on Monday sent a letter to Congress calling for $46.5 billion to expand contact tracing and isolation of infected people in order to safely reopen the ...

As Americans await a COVID-19 vaccine, health officials worry the US isn't ready for one

As Americans await a COVID-19 vaccine, health officials worry the US isn't ready for one

The path to delivering COVID-19 vaccines to 330 million people remains unclear for the health officials expected to carry out the work.

“This Is Everybody’s Issue”

“This Is Everybody’s Issue”

An interview with Victor Dzau and Margaret Hamburg on confronting the biggest public health crisis in generations.

Penn Nursing's Alison Buttenheim Featured in Front Page NYT Article

Penn Nursing's Alison Buttenheim Featured in Front Page NYT Article

University of Pennsylvania Nursing School faculty researcher and LDI Senior Fellow Alison Buttenheim is featured in a major front-page New York Times story about the history and health ...

Here's why Obamacare would likely make any coronavirus vaccine free for patients — and prove critical in fighting the disease

Here's why Obamacare would likely make any coronavirus vaccine free for patients — and prove critical in fighting the disease

There are more than 60 confirmed coronavirus cases in the US so far, and the outbreak is spreading around the world.

The FDA in the 2020s: move forward, don’t stand still

The FDA in the 2020s: move forward, don’t stand still

No agency faces more pressure to evolve with the industries it regulates than the FDA. It must build on what has worked to improve public health outcomes.

Gottlieb, Mostashari propose national COVID-19 surveillance system

Gottlieb, Mostashari propose national COVID-19 surveillance system

Five healthcare experts, including former government officials Scott Gottlieb and Farzad Mostashari, have proposed a plan to build a  national COVID-19 surveillance system. This system to ...