(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash), who has led the charge to return credibility to the FDA and repeatedly called for a yes or no answer from the agency on the over-the-counter application of Plan B, released the following statement on the resignation of Commissioner Lester Crawford:

“Dr. Crawford’s ability to lead a strong and independent FDA was in question from the start. Unfortunately, during his tenure the FDA’s reputation as the gold standard in public health has been tarnished.

“I hope the President will now take this opportunity to send us a nominee who will adhere to the procedures and protocols for which the FDA is both known and respected and show his commitment to putting science ahead of politics. The health and safety of the American people should not blow with the political winds.

“As the FDA tackles the considerable challenges that lay ahead, there can be no question as to the integrity or independence of the Commissioner. It is far past time to return credibility to the FDA.”