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Defining the FDA

In a farewell memo, FDA acting commissioner Frank Torti writes, "The FDA is now defined by others. You must speak up and take the FDA back." The WSJ's Health Blog asked Torti for more detail on this, and he responded that "virtually everybody outside the FDA has an opinion and is very vocal about it." Torti has returned to Wake Forest University, where he directs the comprehensive cancer center.

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