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Margaret Hamburg Aims to Strengthen FDA Science

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Science  14 Aug 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5942, pp. 802
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_802

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Since taking charge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May, Commissioner Margaret Hamburg has been a whirlwind of activity. FDA is implementing a new law that gives it the authority to regulate tobacco products, taking a key role in the approval of the planned H1N1 pandemic flu vaccine, revamping its food-safety approach, and trying to make the agency's workings more transparent. In an interview with Science last week, she discussed her plans and dismissed rumors that she and Deputy Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein would each manage different FDA functions. The interview has been edited for brevity.