April 5, 2017 / 4:59 PM / 4 months ago

BRIEF-Trump nominee to lead FDA testifies before U.S. Senate committee

April 5 (Reuters) -

* U.S. Food and Drug Administration nominee Dr. Scott Gottlieb says he believes opportunities exist for clinical trials that "don't require the tight randomization" current clinical trials do.

* Gottlieb says he would be willing to "speak truth to power" to argue if needed that there is "no causal link" between vaccines and autism.

* Gottlieb says opioid addiction epidemic is a public health emergency "on the order of Ebola and Zika."

* Gottlieb says he is "uniquely qualified" to prevent companies from using "regulatory arbitrage" to gain commercial advantage.

* Gottlieb says certain flavored vaping or e-cigarette products "might be inappropriate in one context and not in another." Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: [ ] (Reporting by Toni Clarke)

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