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January 17, 1999

Jane E. Henney, M.D. January 17, 1999:
Jane E. Henney, M.D., becomes the first woman to serve as Commissioner of Food and Drugs. During Dr. Henney's tenure, the FDA launched reforms in drug and medical device review processes and strengthened the science base of the agency.


FDA in 2006


The FDA continues its commitment to help move medical advances out of the laboratory and to the public as quickly as possible. The agency's Critical Path initiative is bringing together regulators, industry, health professionals, and patients to find more efficient ways to get new medical products to people who need them. The initiative aims to harness innovations in science and technology to speed the progress of safe and effective medical products along the path from their conception to final approval and delivery to patients.



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