Confirmation Hearings Set for Lester Crawford

(March 10, 2005, Silver Spring, MD) -- Lester Crawford, DVM, PhD, will go before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Thursday, March 17, in a confirmation hearing on his nomination to be FDA Commissioner.

Crawford, who has been FDA’s acting commissioner since former Commissioner Mark McClellan moved to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in March 2004, was nominated to the post on February 15, 2005. Crawford also served as acting FDA commissioner from February to November 2002.

The hearing is to begin at 10 a.m. (Eastern); it will likely be broadcast on C-SPAN, or at


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