While Donald Trump, the new president of the United States decided to put Scott Gottlieb At the head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a controversy over a possible conflict of interest is emerging. Indeed, the one who will be responsible for managing the regulations concerning the e-cigarette industry has worked for more than a year in a company that sells products of the vape.
Some anti-vape associations were quick to step up because from March 2015 to May 2016, Scott Gottlieb, the future FDA commissioner was director of Kure Corp., a Charlotte, North Carolina-based company that distributes and sells e-liquids and e-cigarettes in vape-themed lounge cafes. According to the disclosed financial and ethical information, Gottlieb still had a financial interest in the company in March but he promised to sell his shares if his appointment was confirmed.
Gottlieb's time at Kure Corp may be a conflict of interest because the FDA has vigorously decided to enforce these new regulations on the vape (published in May 2016) and these are changing the economy of an industry that previously was not regulated.
Vince Willmore, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' spokesperson, does not hesitate to denounce this situation: "" How to regulate e-cigarettes is one of the most important topics the FDA will face in the coming yearsAdding " Given his financial interest in an e-cigarette business, Dr. Gottlieb clearly has a conflict of interest. »
Still, Gottlieb promised in his Government Ethics Office approved filing that, in addition to selling his shares, he would refuse to interact with Kure Corp for a year after his resignation from the board of directors. For Willmore, " He should go further and refrain from any decision involving the regulation of the vape for at least one year from the time its shares in Kure Corp were sold. »
« If confirmed, Dr. Gottlieb will assume his duties as Commissioner of the FDA impartially and in the interest of the Americans " said Leslie Kiernan, a lawyer at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, on his behalf.
» The Office of Ethics and Professional Ethics of the Department of Health and Social Services has certified that it complies with all applicable laws and regulations and will continue to follow these high ethical standards. »
The arrival of Scott Gottlieb at the head of the FDA may be good news for the vape, but it seems that some have already taken the lead to prevent any changes in current regulations.
source : Bloomberg.com