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Taylor will step in for 60 days until Sharfstein's replacement is announced.
Following the announcement that FDA principal deputy commissioner Joshua Sharfstein, MD, is leaving his position to become Maryland state secretary of health and mental hygiene, FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD, announced John Taylor, counselor to the commissioner, would temporarily step in as acting principal deputy commissioner.
As counselor, Taylor, who began his career with the agency in 1991, advises Hamburg on a range of policy and regulatory issues.
Taylor will serve as acting principal deputy commissioner for 60 days while FDA seeks a replacement for Sharfstein.