SENATE SHOULD NOT WAVE THROUGH BIDEN'S TROUBLING PICK FOR FDA CHIEF
On Wednesday, 1/12/22, the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions will be voting on the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf for FDA Commissioner. If the Committee approves, the nomination will proceed to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. Please call and/or email the Senators on the Committee to say that you do NOT support his nomination.
· Califf has involvement with Google and has publicly-stated his interest in "confronting health misinformation" on social media in alarming lockstep with the Department of Health and Human Services. This means if people don’t agree with the Administration’s narrative, they will silence divergent views. This is antithetic to a more open culture welcoming robust scientific debate desperately needed to restore confidence in our public health agencies and media.
· Califf's failure to properly address the opioid crisis during his first brief stint as FDA commissioner closing out the Obama Administration.
· Dr. Califf’s extensive financial and career ties to both Big Pharma and Big Tech threaten to further compromise an agency already suffering from regulatory capture, lack of transparency and lack of integrity.
· Opposition to Califf's appointment is coming even from within the ranks of the Democrats/liberals:
a. Sen. Bernie Sanders states, "According to his financial disclosure form, he owns up to $8 million in the stocks of major drug companies. That is exactly the close relationshipBig Pharma has exploited to regulate the FDA, instead of the FDA regulating them.” Sanders indicated that he will oppose the nomination.
b. Although not on the Committee, Sen. Joe Manchin voiced his opposition: “I have made it abundantly clear that correcting the culture at the FDA is critical to changing the tide of the opioid epidemic. Instead, Dr. Califf’s nomination and his significant ties to the pharmaceutical industry take us backwards not forward. His nomination is an insult to the many families and individuals who have had their lives changed forever as a result of addiction... I urge the Administration to nominate an FDA Commissioner that understands the gravity of the prescription drug epidemic and the role of the FDA in fighting back against the greed of the pharmaceutical industry.”
Link to Committee webpage:
Select GOP Senators:
Rand Paul (R-KY) 202-224-4343 (MOST OUTSPOKEN ON PANDEMIC RESPONSE AND BIG TECH CENSORSHIP)
Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking member (202) 224-3154
Bill Cassidy (R-LA) 202-224-5824
Roger Marshall (R-KS) 202-224-4774
Tim Scott (R-SC) 202-224-6121
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