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Bernie Sanders blocks Obama’s FDA nominee, citing ties to pharmaceutical industry

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U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Tuesday blocked President Barack Obama’s nominee to oversee the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, citing the presidential pick’s ties to drug companies.

Sanders said in a statement he was placing a hold on the nominee for FDA commissioner, Dr. Robert Califf, “because of his close ties to the pharmaceutical industry and lack of commitment to lowering drug prices.” 

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