Docket Management
Docket: 97D-0318 - Revised Preventive Measures to Reduce Transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) by Blood
Comment Number: EC -5

Accepted - Volume 1

Comment Record
Commentor Mrs. Deb Schue Date/Time 2001-09-11 11:45:14
Organization Altru Health System
Category Health Professional

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments 09/11/2001 DOCKET No. 97D-0318 1. Is it acceptable to implement directly to phase two by May 31, 2002? We are a small center and being able to do this would streamline the processes of SOP revision, Donor Record revision, and staff training. 2. We would also like to stream line the questions. We have a hard copy donor card that has maximized the space available. We would propose the following manner of questioning: Ask: a. Have you visited or lived in the UK and/or Europe since 1980? (Establish when, where, how long, accept/defer * according to SOP) b. IF Yes to UK Travel: Did you receive any transfusion of blood, platelets, or plasma while there? *Defer if 3 or more months cumulative in UK (1980-1996). *Defer if any blood, platelet, or plasma transfusions received while in the UK. *Defer if 6 or more months cumulative stationed in Belgium, Netherlands, or Germany (1980-1990). *Defer if 6 or more months cumulative stationed in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Turkey or Greece (1980-1996). *Defer if 5 or more years in BSE Risk Country(1980-Present). Questions for clarification: 1. If the person was not associated with a military station in North/South Europe as described in the document, but they were in one of these countries for a cummulative total of 6 months...but less than 5 years....are they deferred or eligible? 2. Retrieval and Quarantine of previous units: Appears this is for in-date components only. That consignees should be notified to retrieve and destroy these components.....Would these units also be reported to CBER through the Blood Product Deviation reporting process? 3. Recipient Tracing and Notification: Is this section advising consignees of prior components (no longer in-dated) be notified...which far back as records allow....? In our case, we are a hospital based collection center and transfusion service. Since in many cases, we are both the distributor and the consignee. Who is responsible to determine if recipeint notification should occur? Is it the call of our Medical Director (aka responsible head) to determine if the recipient's physician should be notified.....or is it being recommended to notify the recipient's physician as the consignee and it is then his/her call as to notifying their patient? Thank you in advance for clarification of these items. Deb Schue (701) 780-5377

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