“Lookback” for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV): Product Quarantine, Consignee Notification, Further Testing, Product Disposition, and Notification of Transfusion Recipients Based on Donor Test Results Indicating Infection with HCV Guidance for Industry December 2010
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Multiple layers of safeguards, including donor screening and testing, are used to reduce the risk of transmitting infection through blood transfusion. However, a person may donate blood early in infection, during the period when the viral marker is not detectable by a screening test, but the infectious agent is present in the donor’s blood (the “window period”). For example, if an individual donates blood on a number of occasions and each donation tests nonreactive for antibody to HCV, but the donor returns and tests repeatedly reactive for antibody to HCV at a later date, prior collections from such a donor could be at increased risk for transmitting HCV.
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All written comments should be identified with this document's docket number: 1999D-1878.