Senate HELP Committee Advances FDA Commissioner Nominee

On Thursday, the Senate HELP Committee approved the nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to serve as the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by a vote of 14-9, after the vote was initially delayed by a day. The vote follows a nomination hearing held by the Senate HELP Committee on April 5th. Dr. Gottlieb’s nomination will now go before the full Senate for a final vote on his confirmation, although the timing of the vote is unclear.  Many provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act passed late last year fall under the jurisdiction of the FDA, including provisions regarding the regulation of health software.