As has been the case with other high-profile cabinet picks, Donald Trumpappears to be considering at least one figure who is highlyunconventional and distrusted by the establishment for the head ofthe FDA.

NBC reports Trump is pondering Jim O’Neill, who isa longtime colleague of PayPal billionaire Peter Thiel, a majorTrump backer. O’Neill, like Thiel, describes himself as alibertarian and has said the FDA should have far less ability torestrict new drugs from entering the market before their safety andeffectiveness has been judged.

Even the pharmaceutical industry would likely be skeptical of avehemently anti-regulation FDA chief, says Michael Gaba, who workson health care policy for Holland & Knight, in an interviewwith NBC.

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