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AMA statement on FDA removing restrictions for MSM blood donation


The following statement is attributable to:
Jack Resneck Jr., M.D.
President, American Medical Association

“As a long-time advocate for using rational, scientifically based blood and tissue donation deferral periods based on a donor’s individual risk, the AMA welcomes the FDA’s new guidance that removes outdated categorical restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM). We applaud the FDA for applying the latest scientific evidence to ensure that blood donation criteria are applied more equitably across all segments of our population, including the LGBTQ+ community.

“While this is a huge step in the right direction, we urge the FDA to expand their work by reevaluating its donation deferral policies for corneas, human cells and other cellular and tissue-based products based on the latest scientific evidence—ensuring they are also fairly and consistently applied to donors according to their individual risk.

“The AMA will continue to relentlessly advocate for eliminating public policies that do not align with scientific evidence and best ethical practices.”

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