Bush nominates Crawford to vacant FDA commissioner post

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President Bush nominated Lester Crawford to serve as commissioner of the FDA.
Crawford currently serves as acting commissioner of the agency and has run the FDA since the departure of Mark McClellan, who moved to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in March 2004.
Crawford also served as acting FDA commissioner from February to November 2002.
The Senate must confirm the nomination before Crawford can officially assume the role of commissioner -- a position that has been vacant for nearly a year amid concerns about the safety of drugs on the market.
Crawford, 66, earned a degree as a veterinarian from Auburn University and a Ph. D. in pharmacology from the University of Georgia. 

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