May 09, 2017
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted to confirm Dr. Scott Gottlieb as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He was confirmed by the Senate.
“Dr. Gottlieb is a great fit to lead FDA,” Inhofe said. “His confirmation ensures the successful rollout of the Republican-led Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and 21st Century Cures Act, which were passed last Congress and will address the opioid crisis and streamline the FDA to encourage more innovation and research for cures of life-threatening diseases. The successful implementation of both of these laws is particularly important for Oklahoma, which has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, seeing at least 2,684 opioid overdose deaths in the past three years. The FDA is now in capable hands and I look forward to working with Dr. Gottlieb on these important issues.”