Bush Will Not Nominate Wood for FDA Commissioner
Vanderbilt University pharmacology professor Alastair Wood will not be nominated by President Bush to be commissioner of the FDA, the Nashville Tennessean reports. According to Vanderbilt spokesperson Clinton Colmenares, a White House official telephoned Wood on Monday to inform Wood that the president "no longer considered him a candidate." Wood's potential nomination had been opposed by pharmaceutical companies, which were critical of his support for reviewing prescription drugs "even after they are approved" by the FDA. Drug makers said they feared that such reviews would slow down the approval process for new drugs. In addition, as a member of a choice for FDA advisory panel, Wood voted last year to allow several prescription allergy drugs to be sold over the counter. Bush has yet to announce an FDA commissioner (Lewis, Nashville Tennessean, 2/21).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.