According to a report from the Associated Press, four members of the FDA’s tobacco advisory panel, including the chair have left following a federal court ruling that they had conflicts of interest.
Members of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee went through a screening process after the court ruling. Some resigned, where others were removed from the panel responsible for advising the agency on tobacco-related issues.
Those no longer on the tobacco panel include:
Dr. Jonathan Samet (Director of USC’s Institute for Global Health and former director of the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at Johns Hopkins University), who served as chairman, as well as Claudia Barone , Joanna Cohen, and Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin.