In a surprising turn, three outspoken critics of the FDA are in the lead in my "Who Should Obama Nominate for FDA Commissioner?" survey! In order, the 5 leaders as of today are:
- Peter Rost
- Steve Nissen
- Susan Wood
- Janet Woodcock and Robert Califf (tied for fourth place)
It seems that the same sentiment that propelled Barack Obama into the presidency -- ie, "change we can believe in" -- is also guiding respondents to my FDA Commissioner survey.
I should point out that a large majority (56%) of respondents to the survey say they are somewhat or very supportive of the pharmaceutical industry (24% and 34%, respectively), whereas only 22% say they are somewhat or very unsupportive of the industry.