Milestones Mar. 27, 2006

NOMINATED. ANDREW VON ESCHENBACH, 64, as George W. Bush's third Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner; in Washington. The promotion of Von Eschenbach, who has been acting FDA chief since the resignation of Lester Crawford last September, promptly stalled over the controversy surrounding Plan B, the "morning after" pill. A urology surgeon who has led the National Cancer Institute since 2002 (he now plans to retire from that job), Von Eschenbach enters a long-simmering battle. The Bush Administration has so far delayed a decision on whether to approve the emergency contraceptive pill for over-the-counter use despite a green light from FDA...

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