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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs (medications), vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, blood transfusions, medical devices, electromagnetic radiation emitting devices (ERED), and veterinary products. [ Wikipedia → ]

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Panel recommends ending lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men

Thursday, November 13, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Va. -- A panel of doctors and blood donor advocates who advise the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services voted Thursday to recommend that the federal government end its lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

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Teen activist files lawsuit challenging FDA ban on gay blood donors

Sunday, October 12, 2014
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WASHINGTON – A young gay rights activist has filed what is believed to be the first federal lawsuit challenging the U. S. Food and Drug Administration’s ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood. Virginia resident Caleb Laieski, 19, filed his suit Thursday in U.S. District Court, and alleges that the FDA ban is discriminatory and unconstitutional...

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Deceased Iowa teen’s eye donation rejected because he was gay

Thursday, August 14, 2014
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PLEASANT HILL, Iowa — Months before taking his own life last year, Alexander (AJ) Betts, a 16-year-old teen from Iowa, volunteered to become an organ donor. But a Food and Drug Administration policy which prohibits men who have sex with men from donating tissue, has barred Betts from fulfilling one of his final wishes, because he was gay.

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Longtime AIDS activist takes up a new fight: defending the FDA

Monday, August 11, 2014
AIDS activist Gregg Gonsalves. In the early 1990s, Gonsalves traveled to Washington to confront, provoke and challenge officials at the Food and Drug Administration. A quarter century later, he still travels to Washington, but with a very different agenda: to defend the FDA.
WASHINGTON -- As an AIDS activist in the early 1990s, Gregg Gonsalves traveled to Washington to challenge the Food and Drug Administration. Gonsalves was part of the confrontational group Act Up, which staged protests outside the FDA's headquarters, disrupted its public meetings and pressured its leaders into speeding up the approval of experimental drugs for patients ...

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National Gay Blood Drive urges FDA to end ban on gay male blood donors

Friday, July 11, 2014
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A National Gay Blood Drive is taking place in more than 60 U.S. cities on Friday to call attention to the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s longstanding ban prohibiting gay and bisexual men from donating blood. The drive – which is open to everyone – is organized by filmmaker and activist Ryan James Yezak with the help of local leaders and volunteers from ...

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Baldwin leads 85 lawmakers calling for end to blood donation ban for gay men

Friday, August 2, 2013
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.)
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is leading a group of 85 House and Senate lawmakers criticizing what she's says is the sluggish pace the nation's top health officials have taken at reevaluating blood donation policies for gay men.

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Nationwide blood drive to call attention to FDA ban on gay, bisexual male donors

Thursday, July 11, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- Gay rights activists are planning protests at blood donation centers across the nation on Friday to combat the Food and Drug Administration's ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

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AMA says it opposes FDA lifetime ban on gay men as blood donors

Thursday, June 20, 2013
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The American Medical Association, the largest association of physicians in the U.S., voted Tuesday to oppose a decades long ban by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which prohibits gay men from donating blood, reported ABC News.

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FDA rejects two HIV drugs from Gilead Sciences

Monday, April 29, 2013
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FOSTER CITY, Calif. -- Gilead Sciences Inc. said Monday that the Food and Drug Administration rejected two marketing applications for HIV treatments, citing quality control problems at the company's manufacturing facilities.

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FDA approves first drug for reducing the risk of sexually acquired HIV

Monday, July 16, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved Truvada, the first drug approved to reduce the risk of HIV infection in uninfected individuals who are at high risk of HIV infection, or who may engage in sexual activity with HIV-infected partners.

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