December 18, 2018 - Washington, DC, United States of America - Food & Drug Administrator Scott Gottlieb delivers remarks during the Surgeon General announcement on the use of e-cigarettes by teenagers at HHS headquarters December 18, 2018 in Washington, D.C. The Surgeon General issued an advisory urging new local restrictions including taxes and indoor vaping bans to combat youth e-cigarette use which has skyrocketed amongst young people in the United States. (Credit Image: © Christopher Smith via ZUMA Wire)Christopher Smith via ZUMA Wire
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In his final week at the FDA, Gottlieb issued at least eight official statements, running the gamut from addressing the youth e-cigarette epidemic to developing rules for using A.I. in medical devices. That flurry of activity is a microcosm of his tenure—one defined by a willingness to thrust the FDA into any important fray—and helped explain the unique impact of his short-lived term at the agency.