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Permanent FDA Commissioner Imminent?

Bloomberg News is reporting that President Bush may nominate Acting FDA Commssioner Andrew von Eschenbach to the post permanently in as soon as a few weeks. Congress has been clamoring for a permanent leader to spearhead upcoming agency reforms. And by law, the president must nominate a permanent commissioner after an acting one has been sitting for 210 days. The device industry has a favorable impression of von Eschenbach, and his appointment would give FDA some much-needed stability and leadership.

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