Senate confirms Dr. Stephen Hahn as FDA commissioner

Dr. Stephen Hahn was confirmed by the Senate to lead the US Food and Drug Administration.

(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.

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.