Califf Confirmed

In an 89-to-4 vote, the US Senate has confirmed Robert Califf as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Califf tells the Journal that, as commissioner, he will focus on using databases and electronic medical records to catch when drugs and medical devices might not be working properly.

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