Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has something that cyclamates and most AIDS drugs don't - official approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
FDA Commissioner Frank E. Young has given Hatch a Commissioner's Special Citation award for support of the FDA.It reads, "For personal commitment, extraordinary leadership and untiring efforts in affirming and advancing the Food and Drug Administration in its mission to protect the nation's public health."
Hatch is the ranking minority member of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, which oversees health issues. He was its chairman from 1981 to 1987. In his posts, Hatch has been responsible for much of the legislation that affects the FDA.
During the past Congress, he sponsored the Generic Animal Drug and Patent Term Restoration Act, and was responsible for amendments to the Orphan Drug Act and the Drug Export Act.