The Modern FDA

Andrew von Eschenbach, the former FDA commissioner, is now an advisor at Newt Gingrinch's Center for Health Transformation, reports the Wall Street Journal's Health Blog. He will lead a project that aims to modernize FDA by increasing its effectiveness and to speed the approval of new drugs.

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