As Rita approaches, Bush's FDA chief calls it quits

Just two months after he was confirmed, Lester Crawford resigns amid complaints about Vioxx and the morning-after pill.

Published September 23, 2005 8:31PM (EDT)

Just two months after he was confirmed by the Senate, George W. Bush's commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration has chosen a Friday afternoon with a hurricane approaching to announce that he's resigning. Lester Crawford's announcement was a surprise but not a shock: As the Associated Press notes, his brief tenure at the FDA was marked by complaints over the agency's handling of the painkiller Vioxx and its delays in approving the morning-after pill.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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