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A Congressional counterpoint: Challenging the Reagan Administration on the safety of blood and blood products.
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PMID:  22895504     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
When the US Centers for Disease Control met a hard wall of political restraint in attempting a full response to the emergency of AIDS in the early 1980s, it was possible to move toward protection of blood and blood products from the legislative branch of government instead - despite resistance from the Red Cross, blood banks, and the Reagan Administration. A Congressional creation, the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), received a request from the author, made on behalf of his employer, the Chairman of a Congressional Committee and a Member of the OTA Congressional Board. He asked the OTA to assess US blood policy in light of scientific and technological developments - most importantly the new disease, AIDS. The OTA issued its report in January 1985. In 1995, a new Republican majority in both legislative chambers eliminated the OTA - and thus a valuable source of policy analysis of scientific issues independent of the executive branch.
Anthony Robbins
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of public health policy     Volume:  33     ISSN:  1745-655X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Public Health Policy     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
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Created Date:  2012-08-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006508     Medline TA:  J Public Health Policy     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  344-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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