Deborah Autor, One of FDA's Top Regulatory Officials, Leaving Agency

Posted 30 April 2013 | By Ansis Helmanis 

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that one of its top regulatory officials, Deborah Autor, deputy commissioner for the office of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy (GO), will be leaving the agency shortly to join Mylan Pharmaceuticals.

Autor's departure is at least the third major staff shakeup in recent days. Yesterday, FDA announced the hiring of a new Deputy Commission for Policy, Planning and Legislation, Sally Howard, and a new director of the Office of Executive Programs, Mary Beth Clark.

In a memo sent to all staff on Tuesday, 30 April 2013, Hamburg told staff that Autor will be joining Mylan as Senior Vice President, Strategic Global Quality and Regulatory Policy.

"Deb has demonstrated great leadership, creativity, and passion for public health throughout her FDA career, and we will miss her." FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg wrote. "Deb's last day at FDA will be 1 June 2013." Autor has been with FDA for more than 11 years, and currently oversees around 4,400 staff at GO.

In a statement released by Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Autor said she was looking forward to joining the company. "Mylan has been a leading advocate for ensuring one quality standard, both internally and externally, as evidenced by the company's active role in the development and passage of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act, or FDASIA," she said, according to the statement. "I am very excited to be joining an organization whose people demonstrate such extraordinary passion and commitment to quality and access to medicine. I look forward to contributing to Mylan's continued leadership on quality - both from an operational and policy perspective."

Stepping up for Autor in the interim will be John Taylor III, counselor to the commissioner, who will serve as the chief of GO while the agency searches for a permanent replacement.


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Dear Colleagues:    

It is with mixed emotions that I write to inform you of the upcoming departure of Deborah M. Autor, Deputy Commissioner for Global Regulatory Operations and Policy (GO), after 18 years of dedicated federal government service, including 11 years spent here at FDA.    

Deb has overseen various critical programs within the Agency including, most recently, the GO Directorate.  In that role, Deb has led the implementation of FDA's strategy for addressing the challenges of globalization and import safety, including the paradigm shift that FDA must make to meet the challenges of globalization today and in the future through global coalitions, global data systems, advanced risk analytics, and leveraging of the efforts of public and private third parties.  Deb has outlined a strong vision for GO that focuses on being data-driven, strategic, and risk-based, moving towards a stronger global product safety net to advance and protect public health. Prior to assuming the role of Deputy Commissioner, Deb worked in several critical positions within the Office of Compliance in FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), including for five years as its Director.    

Deb is leaving the Agency to take the position of Senior Vice President, Strategic Global Quality and Regulatory Policy at Mylan, Inc.  Please join me in wishing Deb all the best as she and her family relocate to the Pittsburgh area and embark on this new endeavor.  While I am sad to see Deb go, I am happy that she has found this terrific opportunity.  Deb has demonstrated great leadership, creativity, and passion for public health throughout her FDA career, and we will miss her.  Deb's last day at FDA will be June 1, 2013.    

I am pleased to announce that John M. Taylor, III, currently the Counselor to the Commissioner, has graciously agreed to serve as Acting Deputy Commissioner for Global Regulatory Operations and Policy in the short term starting May 18 as we look for a permanent replacement for Deb.   

- Margaret 

A. Hamburg, M.D. Commissioner of Food and Drugs


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