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OPTN offers recommendations as unexpected, donor-derived hepatitis C transmissions increase

from By Lynn Hetzler

The opioid epidemic has affected nearly every Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network region by increasing the number of organ donors dying from drug overdoses. While the tragic epidemic has increased the number of organs available for transplant, many worry that the donors' drug abuse increases the recipients’ risk of unexpected, donor-derived hepatitis C virus transmissions. While the safety and efficacy of HCV treatments in transplants are improving, unexpected, donor-derived transmissions have been trending upwards. The OPTN Ad Hoc Disease Transmission Advisory Committee has reviewed these cases and, based on their findings, made several recommendations. more

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