Monday, May 18, 2009
The Associated Press reports that the Senate confirmed Dr. Margaret Hamburg to be the new Food and Drug Administration commissioner and states, .
The Senate on Monday confirmed President
Barack Obama's pick to oversee food and drug safety, two areas that are
vital to consumers and widely seen as in critical need of improvement. Dr.
Margaret Hamburg, a bioterrorism expert, will be sworn in as the 21st
commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and only the second
woman to hold the post in 100 years of agency history. The Senate
confirmed her nomination by voice vote. Her
first priority will be to help direct development of a vaccine for the
new swine flu. She says she also wants to revamp food safety. . . .
DailyKos has a great overview of both Dr. Hamburg and the FDA here.