"However, at the same time, we are unaware of what the underlying cause of Mr Gottlieb's resignation was, noting the multifaceted authority of the FDA and the numerous controversies within its purview", the analysts added. Reportedly, the reason for Gottlieb's resignation this time around is his desire to spend more time with his family.
Public Citizen called the approval a "reckless decision" along with the "withdrawal of a proposed rule that would have allowed generic drug companies to promptly update their labels with new warnings".
Gottlieb previously worked as a senior adviser to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and was appointed by the Senate to serve on the Federal Health Information Technology Policy Committee.
Dr. Gottlieb recounted those efforts in his resignation letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II, while crediting his staff for speeding along new cures, cracking down on fraudsters who peddle unsafe products, and assisting recovery efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. While the FDA has taken steps against the vaping industry, including tightening restrictions on e-cigarette sales in convenience stores, it's unclear whether they will be enough to reverse the trend.
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The back story. Gottlieb joined the agency at the behest of the White House in 2017, and he went on to surprise many with his aggressive stance on a number of health issues.
Gottlieb won approval from many as an effective advocate for public health.
Analysts also highlighted that the tobacco products division of the FDA was "clearly moving down a path toward greater restrictions", particularly in regard to combustible products (i.e. normal cigarettes) and flavoured e-cigarettes. "But he has also been subject to increasing pressure from Republicans in Congress and his former associates in the conservative movement for his tough stance against youth vaping and traditional cigarettes".
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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Gottlieb "inspired historic results" from the FDA on affordable generic drugs and advancing policies on opioid addictions and e-cigarette use. Shehan said that Gottlieb's tenure at the FDA compared with those of previous commissioners has been "a pretty stark contrast" in terms of "what he's done and been willing to do to make the drug market more competitive". But he quickly became one of the more-touted FDA administrators in recent history among drug makers, public health advocates, and the media alike.