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Crawford closer to confirmation

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Acting Commissioner Lester Crawford's nomination to fill the post permanently clears Senate Health Committee by a voice vote June 15. Full Senate vote will be delayed, however, since Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) have placed a hold on the nomination pending a decision by FDA on over-the-counter switch application for Barr's Plan B emergency contraceptive. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has also placed a hold on Crawford's confirmation due to concerns about FDA's relabeling of condoms. Crawford was cleared of certain allegations regarding inappropriate behavior with a subordinate by a June 7 HHS Inspector General report, enabling Health panel vote (1"The Rose Sheet" June 6, 2005, p. 10)...

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