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  • 01/22/2013

Year, n. A period of 365 disappointments. – Ambrose Bierce

What role will FDA Commissioner Peggy Hamburg play in 2013?

Perhaps a better question is what role will the White House permit her to play?

Since the Plan B controversy things have been pretty quiet over at White Oak. But, post-election, things seem to be heating up – in a good way.

Enrichment trials. New review pathways. A record number of approvals. Yes, 2013 could be a very good for the FDA … if Peggy is allowed to set her own course and stick to it.

And then there’s the question (often posed but rarely addressed) of the many senior players at the agency nearing retirement.

Succession plans, anyone?

The good news is that, with a firm hand at the wheel and the authority to make tough and noble decisions, good things can happen.

Future, n. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured. – Ambrose Bierce


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