Patients on antibiotics for acne able to donate blood

The rule changes were approved by the TGA and could result in a boost to red cell stocks from an extra 6000 or more blood donors, a blood service spokesman said.

He said both the antibiotics and certain bacteria had previously been considered a potential risk to blood recipients.

“The new literature showed that there was no risk
to blood recipients from
the acne bacteria or the specified antibiotics, providing the person was suffering
only a mild skin condition,