Sharfstein says he will leave FDA

Joshua Sharfstein, second-in-command at the Food and Drug Administration, said he is leaving the federal agency to return to Maryland and lead the state's health agency.

Joshua Sharfstein, second-in-command at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said he is leaving the federal agency to return to Maryland and lead the state's health agency.

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley confirmed to media outlets on Tuesday that Sharfstein had been named secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Sharfstein, who served under FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg, was known for his role in addressing, and pushing for, safety standards and compliance.

A Bloomberg story in December 2009 reported how, under Hamburg's and Sharfstein's leadership, the FDA has increasingly cracked down on health claims and marketing claims made by companies.


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