The Food and Drug Administration has issued a draft of changes to the blood donor questionnaire that potentially could increase the number of eligible donors in South Texas.
Currently, anyone who received treatment with human growth hormone or bovine insulin for diabetes cannot donate blood. Those restrictions could be eliminated under the proposal.
Dr. Samantha Gomez Ngamsuntikul, Associate Medical Director at BioBridge Global, said the change could increase the number of eligible donors, though the size of the increase was difficult to estimate.
“Donors previously deferred for time spent on a military base may be eligible for reentry (to the list of eligible donors),” she said. “Donors previously deferred for bovine insulin are also potentially eligible for reentry.”