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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Information for Patients

FDA's Office of Special Health Issues

OSHI Mission

The Office of Special Health Issues (OSHI) answers questions about FDA's activities related to HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other special health issues.

The staff works with patients and their advocates to encourage and support participation in forming FDA regulatory policy. The staff also provides information about the FDA drug approval process and clinical trials. Mission Statement.

Frequently Asked Questions


HIV and AIDS Activities

Current information on AIDS therapies, clinical trials, and HIV testing.

Cancer Liaison Program

Information about and for cancer patient advocates and representatives.


Information designed to help people with diabetes manage their condition and live a healthy life.

Clinical Trials

General information about research trials that use human subjects, and links to clinical trials databases.

Patient Representative Program

How to share information about serious diseases with FDA advisory committees.

Patient Involvement

General information about life-threatening diseases, advisory committees, and clinical trials.


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