Friday, September 16, 2005

And don't let the door hit you on the way out

As you may remember, Susan Wood resigned as head of the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Women's Health two weeks ago because of the Bush Minor administration's continuing to ignore its scientific advisors, particularly with respect to Plan B emergency contraception being approved for over-the-counter sales.

Today, a new director of the Office of Women's Health was appointed Theresa A. Toigo. As of this moment, I don't have enough information to hold any sort of expectation about what kind of director she would be. There is however, at the top of the press release (dated Sept. 16, 2005) the following statement:

This is a revision of this statement posted earlier on September 16.

What was that mysterious statement posted earlier today? It's no longer available on the FDA website. Through the magic of google cache, however, we can learn that for possibly the shortest tenure of any head of a major department in government Dr. Norris Alderson, not only not a woman, but also a veterinarian, was appointed acting head of the Office of Women's Health. Perhaps Shrubbie's FDA bought a clue as to how this would look.

Via Tim Grieve


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