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Draft PHS guidelines: ASTS submits comments; individual comments deadline extended to Friday, Dec. 23

from ASTS

ASTS continues to express strong opposition to the draft PHS Guidelines for Reducing the Transmission of HIV, HBV and HCV through Solid Organ Transplantation through its comments to the CDC. We are concerned that these guidelines, as currently drafted, are too restrictive and, if finalized as proposed, will increase organ wastage and many transplant patients will be unnecessarily deprived of life-saving transplants. ASTS has partnered with AST, AOPO and NATCO to implore HHS to stop the implementation of the draft guidelines as currently written and instead initiate a new process to develop meaningful guidelines reflective of the evidence and consensus expert opinion. Additionally, we continue to remind HHS of the need for greater interagency coordination of policies related to transplantation. We remain hopeful that our collaborative efforts will make an impact and that the transplant community will have a voice in the final guidelines. You still have time to influence this process by submitting individual comments by Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. more

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