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FDA Names Permanent Director to Oversee Dietary Supplements

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Steven Tave, a lawyer who has been temporarily leading FDA’s Office of Dietary Supplement Programs (ODSP) since the spring of 2016, has been named permanent director.

Tave, a long-time FDA official, is the first permanent director to oversee dietary supplements since Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., left the agency in April 2014 to rejoin the Natural Products Association (NPA) as its executive director and CEO.

An FDA spokesperson, Marianna Naum, confirmed Tave was named permanent director of ODSP in December. Bob Durkin, a former acting director of ODSP, is second-in-command, or deputy director.

Tave previously served as the acting director of FDA’s Office of Unapproved New Drugs and Labeling Compliance in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, according to his FDA biography. He also practiced law for nearly 15 years, both as a litigator in FDA’s Office of Chief Counsel and in the private sector.

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Source: Natural Products Insider