(CNN)The US Senate on Thursday confirmed Dr. Stephen Hahn to be the next commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. The Senate vote was 72 to 18.
Senate confirms Dr. Stephen Hahn as FDA commissioner
Hahn, 59, is a well-known radiation oncology expert and is the current chief medical executive of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where has been a professor of radiation oncology since January 2015.
"Dr. Hahn can now get to work approving new life-saving drugs and devices, regulating tobacco and e-cigarettes, addressing the opioid crisis, ensuring pain patients can receive the medications they need and protecting our nation's food supply," Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander wrote in a Twitter post following the confirmation.
During Hahn's confirmation hearing in November, multiple senators sought reassurances that Hahn would put science, data and public health over politics, and be willing to stand up to the president as well as large corporations with significant lobbying power. While the hearing addressed a range of topics such as opioids, drug pricing and generics, vaping was front-and-center.
Hahn faced pressure from senators to finalize a ban on sales of flavored vaping products. It has been three months since President Donald Trump said the FDA would put out "some very strong recommendations" regarding the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, and that policy is still yet to be seen.