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FDA Approves Hep C Drug

The FDA has approved the first in a new class of drugs that may increase the cure rate for Hepatitis C. The new drug, Victrelis from Merck, effectively cured more than 60 percent of patients in clinical trials when used along with existing drugs. That compared with 20 to 40 percent of patients cured by the existing drugs alone. “This …

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FDA Approves One-Minute HIV Test

The FDA has approved an HIV test that provides results in one minute. “We believe the speed, accuracy, and unique technology of our 60-second HIV test will make the testing and early treatment of HIV/AIDS more efficient in all patient settings, including hospital emergency rooms and public health clinics,” said bioLytical Laboratories president Philip Bligh in a press release. “Additionally, …

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FDA Endorses Anal Cancer Vaccine

The FDA has endorsed the vaccine Gardasil as a preventive for anal cancer in young men and women. The drug prevents certain strains of HPV (human papillomavirus) which are known to cause various vaginal, penile, and anal cancers. To be effective, the vaccine must be administered at a young age before sexual activity and HPV infection occurs. Men who have …

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FDA Wants Gruesome Smoking Warnings

The FDA has proposed changing the warnings on cigarettes to include photos of dead bodies and gruesomely emaciated cancer patients. U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials said a new “comprehensive tobacco control strategy” would include not only these graphic photos but bold statements such as “Smoking Will Kill You.” “Today, FDA takes a crucial step toward reducing the tremendous toll …

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Openly Gay NBC Anchor Thomas Roberts:
I Was Never On The Down-Low

In a discussion about the FDA ban on gay blood donations on today’s episode of The View, guest moderator D.L. Hughley brought up the issue of black men on the down-low, prompting openly gay NBC anchor Thomas Roberts to reveal that he didn’t come out until the age of 27, but never dated men and women at the same time. …

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Sam Seder – That’s Bullshit

Good As You tips us to this clip from Sam Seder’s Bullshit series in which he rails against the FDA’s decision to maintain the ban on gay blood. Seder spends much of the clip attacking Obama’s “fierce advocacy.”

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FDA Keeps Ban On Gay Blood

So much for science. An advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has narrowly voted to maintain the ban on blood donations from homosexual men. The vote was 7-6 to maintain the ban. Under the FDA’s rules, men cannot give blood if they have had sex with another man at least once since 1977. The FDA was considering …

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FDA Hearings On Dropping Ban On Gay Blood Donors Begin Today

The FDA begins hearings today on whether to drop the decades-long ban on gay men donating blood. Numerous LGBT and progressive sites are participating in a blog-swarm, asking their readers to submit comments. Dr. Jerry Holmberg is the Executive Secretary of the Advisory Committee, and is tasked with accepting formal public comments from both organizations and individuals. He has made …

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FDA To Consider End To Gay Blood Ban

The FDA is beginning the review process to lift the ban on donations from gay men. Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade reports: A notice published Thursday states the Department of Health & Human Services has scheduled a meeting next month of the Advisory Committee on Blood Safety & Availability to discuss the issue. The committee is charged with providing …

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The Gay Blood Libel

The Advocate has published an excellent and extensive article by Steven W. Thrasher about the FDA’s decades-old ban on gay men donating blood. An excerpt: Today, three years after the American Red Cross, the American Association of Blood Banks, and America’s Blood Centers blasted the policy as “scientifically and medically unwarranted,” congressional representatives have ramped up pressure on the FDA …

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FDA Told To Ban Vicodin & Percoset

An FDA advisory panel has recommended a ban on Vicodin and Percoset because of their damaging effects on the liver. The two drugs combine a narcotic with acetaminophen, the ingredient found in popular over-the-counter products like Tylenol and Excedrin. High doses of acetaminophen are a leading cause of liver damage, and the panel noted that patients who take Percocet and …

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FDA Approves New Female Condom

Last week the FDA approved a new version of the female condom, which is promised to be less expensive and more comfortable than the original, two factors which may have inclined few gay men to try the product. In 1993 the FDA approved Female Health’s original female condom. The product’s domestic appeal was limited, with just 10% of 34.7 million …

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