The White House is in the process of vetting former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Rob Califf to become the agency's leader once again, according to three sources familiar with the process.
For nine months, President Joe Biden has struggled to find a candidate who is both qualified and could win Senate confirmation. The White House ruled out the current acting commissioner, Dr. Janet Woodcock, after it became clear she would face steep opposition from a handful of lawmakers, including West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, for how liberally the FDA approved opioids when she ran the drug division within the agency.
Though Califf is seen as a final contender, a decision has not yet been made and others are also still being considered.