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The Food and Drug administration (FDA) is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency responsible for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of all drugs, biologics, vaccines, and medical devices, including those used in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of HIV infection, AIDS, and AIDS-related opportunistic infections. The FDA also works with the blood banking industry to safeguard the nation's blood supply.

Internet address: http://www.fda.gov/.

The FDA is where investigational new drugs are registered before starting clinical testing. The FDA approves new drugs as new drug applications required to market drugs in the US.