The White House budget set for release Monday will include almost $17 billion to fight opioid addiction; a profile of FDA chief Scott Gottlieb, MD, describes him as someone who's become adept at balancing competing interests; the Trump administration is set to appoint a new drug czar with no public health experience.
The White House’s fiscal 2019 budget set to be released Monday will include nearly $17 billion for the opioid epidemic, The Hill reported. HHS will received the bulk of the money to expand prevention, treatment, recovery and mental health services—$3 billion for 2018 and $10 billion for 2019.
Scott Gottlieb, MD, is approaching his FDA job as chief of the agency in a more conventional way than other administration appointees, The New York Times reported this weekend. He is keeping both the president and industry supporters satisfied while also quieting some skeptics, and is trying to balance protecting public health while also offering rewards to industry.
The While House deputy chief of staff, an attorney with no public health experience, is slated to become the next head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, STAT reported. Jim Carroll would serve as the administration’s next drug czar. In related news, health advocates are waiting to see if the office is still slated to see its budget cut 95% in the administration’s upcoming budget.