FDA policy turns away thousands of potential cornea donations each year

An FDA policy that automatically disqualifies men who have had sex with men in the preceding 5 years from donating corneas cost eye banks an estimated 1,600 donated corneas in 2018.
“A 5-year MSM deferral policy is not justified by current evidence. We believe the 1,600 corneas turned away in 2018 because of MSM status were turned away because of an antiquated policy,” Michael A. Puente Jr., MD, said at the virtual Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting.
An FDA policy in 1994 ruled men who have had (Read more...)

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