Sanders Statement on FDA Nominee’s Confirmation

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Dr. Robert Califf as the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration:

“I am disappointed that Dr. Califf has been confirmed to be the new FDA commissioner. I opposed his nomination because I was not convinced that he would stand up to the greed of the pharmaceutical industry, one of the most powerful special interests in Washington. In my view, it is unacceptable that the American people pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. At a time when one in five Americans cannot afford to pay for the medications that have been prescribed to them, we have got to do everything we can to lower the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs. A life-saving drug does no good if a sick patient cannot afford it.”