Dr. Robert Califf’s nomination for FDA commissioner has cleared the Senate. The vote Monday, February 22, was 80-6 in favor of advancing Califf’s canidicy to a final vote.
Previously, several senators had placed holds on Califf’s nomination. Senators Edward Markey (D-MA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) had expressed concern over the nation’s opioid overdose rates and the FDA’s lack of action. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) placed a hold due to what he believed to be a relationship between Califf and the pharmaceutical industry which was too close.
The rest of the process should be limited to 30 hours. A final vote should be held today.