The Brandon Administration, already not known for being particularly lacking in officials suspected of corruption and shady dealing, has added another name to the list of suspect characters.
That would be Dr. Robert Califf, Brandon’s nomination to head the FDA. What’s wrong with him? Well, as reported in the American Thinker, Califf is in bed with Big Pharma:
- Dr. Califf has deeper ties to the pharmaceutical industry than any FDA commissioner in recent memory, and he lacks a public health background.
- Dr. Califf founded the Duke Clinical Research Institute, which runs research trials for pharmaceutical companies and today has more than 1,200 employees.
- At Duke, Dr. Califf actively solicited funding from Big Pharma and no record exists of Dr. Califf ever saying “no” to any pharmaceutical company that offered him money. America needs an unbiased, science-based commissioner without these conflicts, and someone who can stand up to Big Pharma and say “no.” Some of the drug companies he accepted money from have FDA violations and questionable or even upsetting behaviors when it comes to their claims and when it comes to their safety /regulatory records.
Oh, and that’s not all. He was also a paid consultant for numerous Big Pharma firms, including companies like Merck, Johnson and Johnson, and AstraZeneca.
And as if that weren’t enough, he was apparently not nominated to be FDA Commissioner in 2009 because of his Big Pharma ties.
Dr. Califf might be a fine doctor and otherwise a good choice for the FDA position; he certainly has the many research papers necessary to show he understands drugs and drug approvals.
But his ties with Big Pharma are concerning and show just why he’s wrong for the position.
At a time when Americans need the best medical advice possible, they need someone who can remain unbiased in the face of pressure, especially from the pharma behemoths.
This story syndicated with permission from Will – Trending Politics
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