QUESTION: Are you taking any drugs or medications? Why? What?
EXPLANATION: Marijuana (unless presently under the influence), oral contraceptives,
mild analgesics, minor tranquilizers or psychic energizers, vitamins,
replacement hormones, or weight-reduction pills are not usually cause
Aspirin or aspirin-containing compounds depress platelet function for
one to three days. A donor who has taken these drugs within 48-72
hours should not be used as the only source of platelet preparations
(platelet-pheresis) as per AABB Standards.
Guidelines from FDA for the collection of platelets, pheresis state that
platelets drawn from a donor 36 hours after ingestion of aspirin will have
History of recent or present therapy with antibiotics, corticosteroids,
digitalis, insulin, quinidine, diphenylhydantoin (Dilantin), diuretics,
nitroglycerin, anticoagulants, or other potent drugs should be
evaluated by a physician.
Other drugs and medication should be carefully evaluated by the
blood bank medical director. Certain drugs and medical conditions
may be permitted in blood donors at the discretion of the medical
director. The medical director may give this approval as (1) a general
approval, which would be included in the facility procedures manual or
(2) verbally on a case by case basis, but the approval must be
documented on the donor's record. Listed below are the drugs and
medical conditions for consideration:
1 Tetracyclines and other antibiotics for acne. Use of
Isoretinoin disqualifies a donor for 30 days because it may
be a teratogen.
2 Topical steroid preparations for skin lesions not at the