FDA Issues Statement on MSM Blood Donor Deferral Policy
In a statement released today, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg
announced the agency’s intention to issue a draft guidance recommending a proposed change to donor deferrals for men who have had sex with other men, or MSM.
AABB supports the change described in Commissioner Hamburg’s statement. AABB believes the change is supported by evidence and aligns the donor deferral period for MSM with criteria for other activities that may pose a similar risk for transfusion-transmissible infections.
Peter Marks, MD, PhD, deputy director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, acknowledged the blood community. “I just want to thank all of the blood collection establishments because they have been integral in helping to gather this data that has helped us move forward in this matter,” said Marks. “We look forward to continuing to work together as we look at our blood donor deferral policies.”
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