WASHINGTON--President Clinton has nominated Jane E. Henney, MD, vice
president for health sciences, University of New Mexico, as the new
FDA Commissioner. She would replace David M. Kessler, MD, who
resigned more than a year ago and is now dean of the Yale University
School of Medicine.
Dr. Henney, a cancer specialist, has served in government under every
president since Jimmy Carter. She was the FDAs deputy
commissioner for operations from 1992 to 1994.
Her nomination won warm praise from many in the medical and public
health fields, including Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E.
Shalala, PhD. The Secretary called Dr. Henney "a talented
manager" with "the solid medical and academic credentials
that are needed to understand the burgeoning field of biomedical research."
However, several conservative Republicans have indicated their
opposition to Dr. Henney. They want to know specifically if she had
anything to do with the FDAs decision to allow testing of the
abortion drug RU-486.