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Council for American Medical Innovation Applauds the Confirmation of Margaret Hamburg, M.D., to Lead U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Date:5/20/2009

WASHINGTON, May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council for American Medical Innovation today expressed its support for the appointment and confirmation of Margaret Hamburg, M.D., to Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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"Commissioner Hamburg takes the reigns at a time when the United States faces unprecedented challenges in public health, and as this country is at risk of losing our edge in medical innovation," said former House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt, President of the Council. "The Council for American Medical Innovation is encouraged by her sincere determination to put science first, helping pave the way for the future of health care. We support her efforts to bring more efficiency to the regulatory oversight of new medicines and cures while working to restore public confidence in the FDA."

Commissioner Hamburg has publicly pledged her commitment to fostering medical innovation. At a Senate Health Committee hearing in early May, she remarked, "There has never been a time when advances in science and technology have offered so many opportunities to bring new medical products to the market and to the people who need them. As FDA Commissioner I would strive to lead an agency that appropriately balances innovation with regulation." She said she would work to "create an environment where scientists feel very free to raise issues and concerns without any fear of retaliation."

"Dr. Hamburg possesses the knowledge and expertise to lead the FDA into a new era," Gephardt said. "We support her mission to safely bring life-saving medicines and treatments from the laboratory to the patients who need them most."

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