Sanders Statement on FDA Nominee

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12  – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after the HELP Committee approved the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration:

"At a time when millions of Americans cannot afford to purchase the prescription drugs they need, we need a leader at the FDA who is prepared to stand up to the drug companies. We need someone who will work to substantially lower drug prices, implement rules to safely import brand-name drugs from Canada and hold companies accountable who defraud our government. Dr. Califf is not that person. His extensive ties to the pharmaceutical industry give me no reason to believe that he would make the FDA work for ordinary Americans, rather than pharmaceutical industry CEOs who are more focused on making obscene profits than saving lives."

To see Sanders’ legislation to lower soaring drug prices click here.

To watch Sanders’ questioning of Dr. Califf click here.