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

| Friday, July 11, 2014
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
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
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
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
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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FDA approves first over-the-counter home use HIV test kit

| Tuesday, July 3, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, the first over-the-counter, self-administered HIV test kit to detect the presence of HIV antibodies. HIV is the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

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Blood donation center rejects straight man because he appeared gay

| Saturday, July 16, 2011
Aaron Pace
A 22-year-old straight man from Gary, Indiana has been prohibited from donating blood at a local blood and plasma center because, after undergoing routine screening procedures, was told that he "appeared to be a homosexual."

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Advisory panel recommends upholding ban on blood donations from gay men

| Saturday, June 12, 2010
A government health committee Friday voted against rescinding the ban on gay men donating blood but also called for new research on alternative policies, citing flaws in the current rules. The Health and Human Services Committee, in its recommendations, noted that current policy permits some...

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Sen. Kerry leads group calling for FDA to end ban on gays donating blood

| Thursday, March 4, 2010
[caption id="attachment_6756" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Kerry"][/caption] Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts called today for the Food and Drug Administration to lift a “discriminatory” ban on gay men donating blood. Kerry led a group of 18 senators -- 17 Democrats and one independent -- who sent...

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