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Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. said in a statement Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, that he’s put a hold on Dr. Robert Califf’s nomination. (Photo: AP)

(Bloomberg) — A Democratic senator is holding up President Barack Obama’s nominee for head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, calling for changes in how the agency approves prescription painkillers that have been at the center of a deadly epidemic of drug abuse.


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