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(CNN)Running the Food and Drug Administration is one of the toughest jobs in government. Running it for a boss with a record of firing political appointees adds another level of complexity.

Yet Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who took over the job in May, seems to be holding his own.
During the first eight months of his leadership, the FDA approved a record number of generic drugs (1,027), hastened the approval of a record number of novel drugs and biologics (56) and eliminated the backlog of "orphan" drug applications (200), drugs for rare diseases that won't make a profit.