In regulatory news:

The FDA’s new commissioner says his agency will fully back efforts to develop harder-to-abuse painkillers, part of a sweeping government drive to reduce deadly overdoses with pain medications. Dr. Robert Califf told a panel of FDA advisers that his agency alone cannot solve the crisis of opioid drug abuse, but he pledged to do “everything possible under our authority to prevent abuse, save lives and treat dependence.” Califf was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week. However, his nomination to lead the FDA was delayed by several senators who expressed concern that the agency was not adequately addressing the issue.

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