Governor Perry signs HB 2027 (Anatomical Gift Act)
More than 8,000 Texans are on organ donor waiting lists, State donation and transplantation laws can mean the difference between life and death. The Texas Anatomical Gift Act has been extensively amended since its original enactment. HB 2027 updates the outdated sections of our organ donation statute, and brings it into conformity with federal laws. Texas now joins 35 other states that have...
Watch the video from DMN about the successful living donor transplant carried out yesterday at UT Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. (Please note, you may have to be a Vimeo subscriber to view here; otherwise, you can go to http://www.dallasnews.com/video/dallasnews/dmnphoto/index.html?nvid=362832&shu=1 and access the video directly from Dallas Morning News.)
More good news - HB2027 Passed the Texas Senate...
The Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act passed the Senate unanimously today. The bill will now go back to conference committee so that the amendments can be accepted. We don’t anticipate any problems there, so hopefully it will be sent to Governor Perry soon.
Good news for the unemployed who take Pfizer meds →
Pfizer announced a new program to allow people who have lost their jobs since Jan. 1 of this year and who have been taking a Pfizer medication (approx. 70 drugs included) for at least three months to receive free meds for up to one year. We hope other drug companies will follow suit!
Kudos to NKF for promoting the DonateLife message
We have learned that the NKF Web site has changed to refer visitors to their state registry instead of encouraging them to sign a donor card. On www.kidney.org (left side) you will see that a previous message to sign a donor card has been replaced with:”Give the Gift of Life - Sign up today to become an organ or tissue donor.” A message from an NKF listserv reads, in part,...
Additional case reports/abstracts needed! →
Texas Transplantation Society is seeking additional case reports and scientific abstracts for its annual meeting in San Antonio on July 23-26. Cash prizes available. Must either be transplant residents/fellows OR members of the society to enter. Details on our Web site. Deadline May 18. We especially need some interesting cases on patient selection controversies (i.e. who should/shouldn’t be...
NKF offers free kidney screenings →
Through its KEEP program, NKF offers free kidney screenings across the country. Visit the Web site to find a screening near you, and tell your friends! Click on the “KEEP events” tab to get a list of screenings. In TX, June 13 in San Antonio.
Michigan Donor Registry Signs Up 47,000 donors in... →
During Donate Life Month, Michigan’s donor registry enrolled 47,000 donors, which is fantastic. Michigan is working to boost its overall rate, since it lags behind neighboring states Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, which have percentages ranging from 50-72% of eligible donors signed up. But talk about lagging behind… I mention this story, both because it’s...
The Gift that Will Keep on Giving →
New article by Matt Jones, the initial donor in the world’s first non-simultaneous extended altruistic donor (NEAD) chain, appears in the new issue of Renalife. Great story - check it out on p. 5 of the May issue.