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January, 2022

January 07, 2022
The FDA publishes this device shortages list to provide transparency to the American public, particularly those who use or purchase medical devices. The list fulfills a statutory obligation under section 506J of the FD&C Act and reflects the categories of devices the FDA has determined to be in shortage at this time and will be maintained and updated as the COVID-19 public health emergency evolves. The presence of a device type on this list does not necessarily indicate that patient care has been affected. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the FDA has taken many actions to... Read More...
January 05, 2022
AST, ASTS, and ISHLT published a joint statement on COVID-19 vaccines with the latest detail about vaccinations in organ transplant candidates and recipients, including the latest references, details on booster and additional doses of mRNA vaccines, and updated recommendations pre- and post-transplantation. Read Statement 

November, 2021

November 24, 2021
We have been made aware of disruptions in the supply of UW Solution to some OPOs. Some suppliers have imposed caps on the amount of UW that can be ordered by a single entity to ensure an adequate supply to all their customers. We have reached out to the suppliers and offered our assistance with any regulatory or other governmental issues they may have that are impacting their supply of UW. In addition, we are coordinating our efforts with AST, ASTS, and UNOS. In the near term, if you are having issues with obtaining adequate UW supplies, we recommend you check with multiple suppliers as the... Read More...
November 23, 2021
For Giving Tuesday, CareDx has generously offered to match all research donations up to $50,000 from November 23 - December 7, 2021. Don't miss the chance to double your impact. Our goal is to fund a 2022 transplant research grant. Please help us maximize this incredible opportunity by donating today. Donation Match and Donation Derby Through December 7, your research donation will benefit both your COP(s) and the AST Research Fund. All research donations made by COP members will benefit the... Read More...

October, 2021

October 14, 2021
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) announced that the End Stage Renal Disease Treatment Choices Learning Collaborative (ETCLC) went live on August 20, 2021 under the CMS Technical Assistance, Quality Improvement, and Learning (TAQIL) contract. The TAQIL contract is responsible for the development of the ETCLC. This work supports the ETC payment model which encourages preventative kidney care, home dialysis, and kidney transplant as well as the broader Advancing American Kidney Health initiative. Much of this work is... Read More...

September, 2021

September 23, 2021
Since the COVID-19 vaccine became available, ASTS, UNOS, AOPO, and AST have encouraged surgeons, physicians and staff receive the vaccine to minimize the risk to themselves and prevent respiratory disease and infection among the community and in particular our patients. As the virus continues to evolve and vaccines are more widely available, many hospitals are mandating vaccination for their employees and vendors. ASTS, UNOS, AOPO, and AST not only encourage all surgeons to be vaccinated, but we also see the immediate need for any surgeon or allied health professional traveling away from... Read More...
September 21, 2021
International Medical Societies representing Transplantation Professionals across the globe support and nurture diversity and inclusion among their members, fostering education, and stand against any form of barriers in access, knowledge, transition and required training around the “Gift of Life”, particularly that related to gender, race, religion and income. We embrace a call of action to support equitable access to transplantation for all patients with end-stage organ diseases, and the value of gender and race equality in access to education and career development in the diverse fields of... Read More...

August, 2021

August 11, 2021
The AST commends Dr. Deepali Kumar and Dr. Atul Humar for their recently released article in the New England Journal of Medicine, "A Randomized Trial of Third Dose mRNA-1273 Vaccine in Transplant Recipients." We hope this information will be impactful as both the transplant community and the Federal government consider data-driven next steps related to the value of a third vaccination to enhance protection from severe COVID-19 infection among immunocompromised individuals. Congratulations to Drs. Kumar... Read More...

July, 2021

July 22, 2021
Transplant pioneer Jean Michel Dubernard, M.D. (Max to his friends) an innovator, a surgeon, a researcher, a medical educator, and a mentor and colleague, died unexpectedly on July 11. He was 80 years old. His commitment to innovation made a lasting impact in the fields of urology and transplantation. Service to patients and country Dr. Dubernard earned his Medical Degree from the University of Lyon Medical School; completed a Doctorate in Human Biology and Transplant Immunology; completed a clinical fellowship at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, and completed research fellowships at the... Read More...

June, 2021

June 09, 2021
2021 Achievement Awards The American Society of Transplantation (AST) announced the recipients of its 2021 Achievement Awards at the recent American Transplant Congress (ATC) on June 6, 2021. The recipients were awarded for their achievements and contributions to the AST and the field of transplantation. In 2021, the AST expanded its awards categories to be more inclusive to the community. The new Advancing Equity in Organ Transplantation Award recognized an individual whose work has... Read More...