(FDA announced today its intention to modify the MSM policy in 2015 from a lifetime to a one-year deferral)
After many years of supporting a science-based change in the deferral of men who have sex with men, NYBC is pleased to see this announcement from the FDA.
We do caution, however, that the policy change will not be immediate. FDA says it will be formally revising the policy in 2015, after a period of public review and comment.
Once FDA formally changes its policy, from a lifetime deferral for any man who has had sex with another man to a one-year deferral, we will look forward to implementing the change for the benefit of our communities and the blood supply. We will also support any additional science-based reform efforts the FDA chooses to undertake.
About New York Blood Center (NYBC)
Now more than 50 years old, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is one of the largest independent, community-based blood centers in the country. Each year, NYBC provides approximately one million blood products to nearly 200 hospitals in the Northeast. In addition, NYBC’s Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City (CBC) serves hospitals in the Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as eastern Kansas and western Missouri. CBC provides nearly 200,000 blood products per year to approximately 70 area hospitals.
NYBC also provides a wide array of transfusion-related medical services. NYBC is also home to the world’s largest public cord blood bank, which provides stem cells for transplant in many countries, and a renowned research institute, which – among other milestones – developed the Hepatitis B vaccine and innovative blood purification technology.
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