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HHS updates guidance for solid organ transplants

Monday, June 29, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Diane Berg
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Healio (6/26, Jaramillo) reported the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Public Health Service “updated the solid organ transplant guidance to evaluate donors and monitor recipients for HIV, hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus infections.” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said, “Updating our transplant guidelines to match the latest science will complement the other efforts the...administration is making to expand the supply of donated organs and incentivize transplants, allowing more Americans to live longer, healthier lives.” The new guidelines “recommend organ transplant recipients be given the hepatitis B vaccination.”

Modern Healthcare (6/25, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reported that HHS “recommended removing some terms from its organ transplant guidelines that specifically characterize donors with HIV, and hepatitis B or C as a higher health risks in an effort to expand the pool of viable organ donors.” Secretary Azar “said the updated recommendations reflected advances in testing and treatment for HIV and hepatitis B and C viruses over the last several years.” 

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