From: Wood, Susan F 
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 11:23 AM
Subject: Notice of Resignation

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I regret to tell you that I am leaving the FDA, and will no longer be
serving as the Assistant Commissioner for Women's Health and Director
of the FDA Office of Women's Health. The recent decision announced by
the Commissioner about emergency contraception, which continues to
limit women's access to a product that would reduce unintended
pregnancies and reduce abortions is contrary to my core commitment to
improving and advancing women's health. I have spent the last 15
years working to ensure that science informs good health policy
decisions. I can no longer serve as staff when scientific and
clinical evidence, fully evaluated and recommended for approval by
the professional staff here, has been overuled. I therefore have
submitted my resignation effective today.

I will greatly miss working with such an outstanding group of
scientists, clinicians and support staff. FDA's staff is of the
highest caliber and it has been a priviledge to work with you all. I
hope to have future opportunities to work with you in a different


Susan F. Wood, PhD
Assistant Commissioner for Women's Health
Director, Office of Women's Health
Food and Drug Administration

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