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Capitol Health Call
April 14, 2010

Blood Donation Ban

JAMA. 2010;303(14):1358. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.372

In a letter sent on March 4 to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 18 senators (1 Independent and 17 Democrats) called on the agency to lift its ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with other men.

In the letter, the senators said the FDA needed to review and appropriately modify and modernize its blood donor policies because the current ban is outdated and medically and scientifically unsound (http://kerry.senate.gov/cfm/record.cfm?id=322785). They said such action would ease the urgent need for blood products by hospitals and emergency departments.