CSPI Reacts to Lester Crawford Nomination

Statement of CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson

February 14, 2005

The FDA is an agency in crisis, especially on the drug side. We hope that Lester Crawford will be able to rise above corporate pressures and the Administration’s anti-regulatory agenda to make consumers’ health his paramount concern.

An effective FDA could save hundreds of thousands of lives by promoting better medical practices and improving the nutritional quality of the food supply. Dr. Crawford’s past service in government and in industry raises questions about his appropriateness to lead the beleaguered agency, but we will wish him much success and seek to work with him if he is confirmed as commissioner.


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