March 15, 2006: Bush to Nominate Acting Chief to Head FDA (AP)

  • “For the majority of President Bush’s time in office the FDA has been without a permanent commissioner, which has adversely affected the agency’s ability to protect the American people from dangerous drugs. While I am pleased to see the president take the step toward having a full-time commissioner, we need to learn a lot more from Dr. von Eschenbach about what kind of relationship he envisions the FDA having with the drug industry,” Rep. Maurice Hinchey , D-N.Y., said in a statement.