Microsoft word - criteria_medslist08-06.doc


Please tell us if you are now taking or if you have EVER taken any of these medications:
Proscar (finasteride) -usually given for prostate gland enlargement

Avodart (dutasteride) -usually given for prostate enlargement

Propecia (finasteride) -usually given for baldness

Accutane (Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret, isotretinoin) -usually given for severe acne

Soriatane (acitretin) – usually given for severe psoriasis

Tegison (etretinate) – usually given for severe psoriasis

Growth Hormone from Human Pituitary Glands – used usually for children with delayed or impaired growth

Insulin from Cows (Bovine, or Beef, Insulin) -used to treat diabetes

Hepatitis B Immune Globulin – given following an exposure to hepatitis B.
This is different from the hepatitis B vaccine which is a series of 3 injections given over a 6 month period to prevent future infection from exposures to hepatitis B.
Unlicensed Vaccine – usually associated with a research protocol
Plavix (clopidogrel) and Ticlid (ticlopidine)– given to inhibit platelet function
Feldene (piroxicam) – given for mild to moderate arthritis pain

•If you have taken or are taking Proscar, Avodart, Propecia, Accutane, Soriatane, or Tegison, these medications
can cause birth defects. Your donated blood could contain high enough levels to damage the unborn baby if
transfused to a pregnant woman. Once the medication has been cleared from your blood, you may donate again.
Following the last dose, the deferral period is one month for Proscar, Propecia and Accutane, six months for Avodart
and three years for Soriatane. Tegison is an permanent deferral.
Growth hormone from human pituitary glands was prescribed for children with delayed or impaired growth. The
hormone was obtained from human pituitary glands, which are found in the brain. Some people who took this
hormone developed a rare nervous system condition called Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD, for short). The deferral
is permanent.
Insulin from cows (bovine, or beef, insulin) is an injected material used to treat diabetes. If this insulin was
imported into the US from countries in which “Mad Cow Disease” has been found, it could contain material from
infected cattle. There is concern that "Mad Cow Disease" is transmitted by transfusion. The deferral is indefinite.
Hepatitis B Immune Globulin (HBIG) is an injected material used to prevent infection following an exposure to
hepatitis B. HBIG does not prevent hepatitis B infection in every case, therefore persons who have received HBIG
must wait 12 months to donate blood to be sure they were not infected since hepatitis B can be transmitted through
transfusion to a patient.
Unlicensed Vaccine is usually associated with a research protocol and the effect on blood transmission is unknown.
Deferral is one year unless otherwise indicated by the Medical Director.
Plavix and Ticlid are medications that can decrease the chance of a heart attack or stroke in individuals at risk for
these conditions. Since these medications can affect platelets, anyone taking Plavix or Ticlid will not be able to
donate platelets for 5 days after the last dose. Use of either medication will not prohibit whole blood donations.
Feldene is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that can affect platelet function. A donor taking Feldene will not be
able to donate platelets for 3 days, however, its use will not affect whole blood donations.
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