Archive for February, 2011

Upcoming Event: Did you know that FDA plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of the nation’s blood supply?

February 10, 2011 30 comments

As part of FDA Basics, FDA is hosting a webinar where you can learn more FDA’s role in ensuring the safety of the nation’s blood supply.  The featured speaker, Richard Davey, MD, Director of the Division of Blood Applications, Office of Blood Research and Review in FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, will discuss how the agency safeguards the nation’s blood supply and protects the five million people who receive blood transfusions annually. Dr. Davey will provide an overview of these safeguards and will focus on the donor screening process and the testing of blood for blood-borne infectious agents.  After the presentation, there will an opportunity to ask questions.

The free 30 minute webinar will be held Tuesday, February 15th, at 2 p.m. ET.

There are a limited number of spots available for the webinar. Materials from the webinar will also be available on the FDA web site.

Click here for more information about the webinar, including instructions about how to join the webinar.

Ann Witt, Transparency Initiative Coordinator

FDA Launches Women’s Health Video Blog

February 4, 2011 451 comments

Today, FDA launched a new video blog that will focus on women’s health issues. The videos for this blog can be found here on the Transparency blog and on the FDA YouTube channel.

February 4th is National Wear Red Day which means women across the country will be wearing red to help raise awareness of women’s heart disease. Nearly 43 million women, one-third of all women in America, are living with or are at risk for heart disease.  By some estimates that number could rise significantly by 2030.  Heart disease is also the leading cause of death among women, claiming more lives than chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and lung cancer combined.

This video is part of our department’s The Heart Truth campaign, which gives women a wakeup call about the risks of heart disease but also supports them as they manage and avoid those risks.  The campaign asks women to talk to their doctor, find out their risk, and take action today to lower it.

Please watch our video blog and let us know what you think in the comment area below so we can continue to improve these videos and better address your needs.

You can also find more women’s heart health information and materials at

Ann Witt, Transparency Initiative Coordinator

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