March 11, 2016 at 12:17 pm EST | by Staff reports
Blood donation ban still in effect
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Officials cite implementation procedures for delay in blood donation restrictions.

ST. LOUIS — The change on blood-donation policies for gay and bi men that were approved in December have yet to be implemented because questionnaires for donors, education materials and other literature are still being updated, St. Louis Public Radio reports.

Two-and-a-half months ago, the Food and Drug Administration eliminated a decades-long ban for gay and bi male blood donors. The new policy allows them to donate if they have been celibate for a year.

The FDA must approve those changes “that have a substantial potential to affect the identity, strength, quality purity or potency of the product as they relate to the safety and effectiveness of the product,” according to an agency spokeswoman in an email, the St. Louis Public Radio article said.

The FDA said the general timeline for review of those changes is 12 months, but could be completed earlier. The agency also said it was up to individual blood centers to determine how and how long it will take to implement the new recommendations.

Blood donation officials told St. Louis Public Radio updating the literature is “a very complex process.”

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