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If it feels like you’ve been hearing from the head of the Food and Drug Administration a lot lately, you’re not imagining it.

It’s a rare day here at STAT when we don’t receive in our inboxes a “Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.” — or at least find him prominently quoted in another new FDA press release. Then there are all his blog posts. His speeches. His congressional testimony. And, of course, his tweets.


So how verbose is Gottlieb, really? To find out, we trawled through as many of Gottlieb’s public statements as we could find posted on Twitter and the FDA’s website from his first seven months as commissioner. By our tally, the “Mostly Complete Works of Scott Gottlieb” clocks in at just over 149,000 words.

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  • Now that you’ve gotten mired in Gottlieb word count, please address the content. I’d say, based on STAT News reportage and those of many other outlets, the man has ‘something worthwhile to say.’ On the other hand, maybe I’m only seeing the ‘cream of the crop’?

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