Former FDA commissioners call for independent agency

Commissioners who served over past 32 years cite need for Food & Drug Administration commissioner to be elevated.

Six former Food & Drug Administration commissioners appearing together at Spotlight Health at the Aspen Ideas Festival all raised their hands in support when asked whether FDA should become an independent — even a Cabinet-level — agency.

The six commissioners — who served in the Reagan, Clinton, both Bush and Obama administrations — expressed concerns about micromanagement hampering efficiency, an inability for FDA to get to

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