Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthorMargaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephenLurieMD PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor
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To the Editor: I am writing to express the
concern of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) about a Medical
News & Perspectives article regarding transmissible spongiform encephalopathies
(TSEs) and the US blood supply.1 Unsubstantiated
statements such as " . . . guardians of the blood supply were slow to react
. . . ," " . . . public health leaders are flying blind on TSEs . . . ," and
" . . . do-nothing policies that could someday see thousands facing horrific
deaths from these mysterious diseases" are, in our opinion, both speculative
and sensational. We believe these statements damage the hard work of the AABB
and the entire medical community in ensuring the safety of the blood supply
and patient care in general.
Wilkinson SL. Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies and the US Blood Supply. JAMA. 1999;282(24):2301-2302. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-24-jbk1222