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FDA Commissioner Gottlieb Resigning

Posted at 3:29 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 15:29:33-05
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb listens during an interview with The Associated Press in New York on Monday, March 5, 2018. Gottlieb said Monday that he needs more staffers to intercept opioids that are being disguised as other drugs and supplements. (AP Photo/Kathy Young)

(CNBC) — Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is leaving his post as the nation’s top health regulator after two years in the role.

Gottlieb, who’s waged a pitched battle against teen smoking in recent months, is resigning to spend more time with his family, people close to Gottlieb said Tuesday.

The physician has been commuting from his home in Westport, Connecticut, where he has a wife and three young daughters, the people said.

He plans to stay on at the agency for another month; his successor hasn’t been named yet, they said.