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  FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford Resigns
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Last EditedDFWDem  Sep 23, 2005 03:45pm
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News DateFriday, September 23, 2005 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy LAURAN NEERGAARD
AP Medical Writer

WASHINGTON - Embattled
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Lester Crawford resigned Friday, telling his staff that at age 67 it was time to step aside.

His resignation came just two months after the Senate, in a long-delayed move, elevated the longtime agency deputy and acting commissioner to the top job.

Crawford's three-year tenure at FDA was marked by increasing criticism, as the painkiller
Vioxx was pulled off the market for safety problems, recalls of malfunctioning heart devices mounted and controversy grew over wider access to emergency contraception.
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