February 21, 2004 |
President Bush said Friday that he would nominate the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration to run the agency that operates the Medicare and Medicaid programs, moving a skilled and loyal aide to a politically sensitive position. Dr. Mark B. McClellan, a physician who has a doctorate in economics, has been confirmed twice by the Senate for top administration jobs.
September 6, 2006 |
President Bush named a new Transportation secretary Tuesday, while one of his top healthcare experts announced he was resigning -- all part of ongoing personnel shifts as the administration prepares for its last two years. Bush nominated former Federal Highway Administrator Mary E. Peters to the transportation post, replacing Norman Y. Mineta, the veteran San Jose congressman who had been the only Democrat in the Cabinet.
March 6, 2004
Canadian pharmacies -- An editorial Thursday erroneously stated that Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Mark McClellan was spending $138 million to, among other things, prevent Canadian pharmacists from selling prescription drugs online to U.S. seniors. The funds in question are controlled not by the FDA but by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
March 5, 2004 |
Lawmakers questioned Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson on Thursday about his opposition to importing prescription drugs from Canada, an issue showing no signs of fading this election year. Questions from Democrats and Republicans on the House Appropriations health subcommittee focused on Thompson's decision to appoint Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Mark McClellan to lead a study of drug importation.
December 24, 2004 |
Medicare has said it intends to pay for counseling to help some of the nation's 4 million older smokers kick the habit. Medicare beneficiaries who smoke and have smoking-related diseases or take certain medicines will be eligible for counseling next year. Medicare chief Mark McClellan said coverage would begin no later than the end of March. Medicare would pay for up to four counseling sessions. If that doesn't suffice, smokers could get a second round of counseling.
March 25, 2003 |
U.S. health officials are revising guidelines for prescription drug advertisements directed at consumers to ensure the promotions provide a balanced picture of risks and benefits, FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan said at a meeting with the National Assn. of Health Underwriters. The FDA requires that television and print ads touting a prescription drug's benefits also carry a summary of possible side effects.