Hamburg Names John Taylor as Acting FDA Deputy

Mass Device

Food & Drug commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg named her office’s top lawyer, John Taylor III, to be the temporary replacement for outgoing deputy commish Dr. Joshua Sharfstein.

Taylor, counselor to the commissioner will take on the new role Jan. 10, an FDA spokeswoman told MassDevice. Sharfstein’s last day on the job is Jan. 7.

Sharfstein, formerly Baltimore’s top public health official, is slated to be named secretary of health and mental hygiene for Maryland by Gov. Martin O’Malley.

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