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Posted at 2:31 PM ET, 01/ 4/2011

FDA's No. 2 leaving to helm Md. health department

By Lyndsey Layton and John Wagner

Joshua M. Sharfstein, the second-in-command at the Food and Drug Administration, is leaving the Obama administration to become Maryland's top public health official, Gov. Martin O'Malley said Tuesday.

The news of Sharfstein's departure, which comes after less than two years on the job as principal deputy FDA commissioner, took many at the FDA by surprise.

Sharfstein, 42, led the FDA transition team for the Obama administration and tried to restore the agency's public health mission, after critics complained that the agency had grown too cozy with the industries it regulates during the George W. Bush administration.

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By Lyndsey Layton and John Wagner  | January 4, 2011; 2:31 PM ET
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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