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Sarah Karlin-Smith

Sarah is a senior writer at the Pink Sheet, specializing in the policy and politics that affect the pharmaceutical industry. She covers the US Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service and Congress. Her work explores how government policies influence how drugs are developed and approved, what diseases are prioritized by scientists, and who gets access to medicines and at what cost. Sarah has covered health care since 2011. Prior to returning to the Pink Sheet in March 2020, she covered health policy at Politico for five years.

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Pink Sheet Podcast: Woodcock To Be Acting US FDA Chief, Key Staff Depart, Political Donations Shift

Pink Sheet reporters and editor discuss President-Elect Joe Biden’s decision to name the CDER director as acting FDA commissioner and other staffing changes, as well as changes to industry trade groups’ political donations.

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Woodcock To Be Acting US FDA Commissioner; Sharfstein Tops Biden's List Of Candidates For Post

Agency has been prepping Woodcock for the temporary task but what will happen to her role on Operation Warp Speed remains unclear. The move should give Biden team cushion to confirm a permanent leader of whom a top contender is former senior FDA staffer Joshua Sharfstein, a proponent of drug reforms that may irk manufacturers.

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Lagging COVID Antibody Uptake Continues To Worry US Government

US hopes more publicity will boost use of Lilly and Regeneron COVID-19 antibodies, once anticipated to be in short supply, but federal officials lack any other clear strategy to help overwhelmed health systems. Meanwhile Operation Warp Speed is testing the treatments against new virus variants and working on developing antibody cocktails that could avoid escape mutants as FDA issues guidance on potency assays for sponsors.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Biologics

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Report released as soon-to-be committee chair Ron Wyden, D-OR, assembles plans for drug pricing legislation in the new Democratic-controlled Senate.

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Woodcock To Be Acting US FDA Commissioner, Leaving Agency in Stable, Capable Hands

The agency has been prepping Woodcock for the temporary task but what will happen to her role on Operation Warp Speed remains unclear. The move should give the incoming Biden team cushion to confirm a permanent leader, of whom a top contender is former senior FDA staffer Joshua Sharfstein.

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