Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Mark McClellan was confirmed as the next CMS administrator by the Senate today in a voice vote and without formal debate. McClellan, whose nomination has been held up by some senators' concerns about his stance on drug reimportation, will succeed Tom Scully, who left the agency in December 2003 to join a private law firm. At deadline, a CMS spokesman did not know when McClellan would officially start his new job, and the FDA had not returned a telephone call. The Senate was able to take up McClellan's nomination after Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) removed a hold he had put on the matter in exchange for McClellan's testifying before a Senate panel on drug reimportation. McClellan will be the first CMS administrator who is both a physician and an economist. Acting CMS Administrator Dennis Smith will return to his previous post as director of the CMS' Center for Medicaid and State Operations. -- by Jeff Tieman
McClellan confirmed as CMS administrator
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