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AMA News Room

May 12, 2015

AMA Commends U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Efforts to Reverse Lifetime Blood Donation Ban

Statement attributable to:
Robert M. Wah, M.D.
President, American Medical Association

"The American Medical Association (AMA) commends the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for taking a step in the right direction to end the lifetime ban that prohibits men who have had sex with men (MSM) from ever donating blood.

"The AMA fully supports and has been a strong advocate for eliminating these current public policies as we believe that the latest scientific evidence should dictate blood and tissue donation deferral periods to ensure the safety of the national blood supply. The AMA's policy supports using scientifically-based deferral periods that are consistently and fairly applied to donors based on their risk level.

"We look forward to reviewing the FDA's new proposed policy that would replace the lifetime ban on blood donation by MSM.

"The AMA will continue to work with the FDA to ensure that our nation's blood donation policy is based on sound science and evaluates population risks consistently and without discrimination."

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