July 18, 2005

Senate approves Crawford to run FDA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly
approved on Monday the nomination of Lester Crawford to be
permanent commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration,
despite concerns over his handling of the agency as acting

Crawford, a food safety expert with a doctorate in
pharmacology, has served as acting FDA commissioner since March
2004. He also did a previous stint as acting commissioner from
February to November 2002.
Crawford had faced questions about an alleged extramarital
affair with a subordinate and over a stalled decision
concerning easier access to emergency contraceptives.