WASHINGTON — The White Home is contemplating nominating Dr. Robert M. Califf, a former Meals and Drug Administration commissioner, to as soon as once more lead the company, in response to 5 folks aware of the seek for a candidate.
The F.D.A. has been with no everlasting chief since President Biden took workplace, resulting in frequent criticism from public well being consultants who’ve mentioned the company has lacked clear route throughout an intense part of the pandemic, whereas it has confronted a crush of opinions of coronavirus vaccines, exams and coverings.
The folks aware of the search course of mentioned that no closing determination had been made. The performing F.D.A. commissioner, Dr. Janet Woodcock, a longtime drug regulator, is nearing the top of the time period that performing officers are allowed to serve.
Dr. Califf declined to remark. Information of his attainable nomination was first reported by The Washington Submit.
Dr. Califf, a heart specialist who teaches on the Duke College Faculty of Drugs, served solely briefly as F.D.A. commissioner, on the finish of President Barack Obama’s second time period. He was the company’s deputy commissioner for medical merchandise and tobacco earlier than main it from February 2016 to January 2017.
He was confirmed by the Senate as commissioner in February 2016 in a vote of 89 to 4, after some lawmakers opposed his nomination over what they mentioned was the company’s poor report on prescription painkillers. His nomination confronted its fiercest pushback from Democrats.
Katie Rogers, Sharon LaFraniere and Katie Thomas contributed reporting.