Friday, July 25, 2014

FDA Commissioner Steps Down After Rocky Two-Month Tenure

FDA Commissioner Steps Down After Rocky Two-Month Tenure:

By Marc Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Lester M. Crawford announced his resignation yesterday, just two months after he was confirmed for the job. His e-mail notice to the FDA staff gave no reason for his surprise decision to step down.

Sources familiar with his departure said Crawford was asked to resign, though it was unclear why. Crawford has had a stormy tenure at the agency, which has been beset by criticism from both the left and the right over its actions regarding drug safety and emergency contraception.

He was also accused before his confirmation of having an improper relationship with a female colleague -- a charge that independent investigators said both parties denied. The final report did note, however, significant discrepancies between Crawford's testimony and that of others in the commissioner's office.

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