Physicians Urge RSV Protection for Black Infants

by Susanne Tropez-Sims, M.D.

“The Lives of Black Infants Matter!” the National Medical Association declared in a recent email update to members and colleagues. The statement referenced 2014 American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines, which limit preventative treatmentagainst deadly respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) to only premature infants born before 29 weeks. Because black babies are more likely than white babies to face RSV risk factors, the AAP’s restrictions disproportionately affect them.

Read more: Institute for Patient Access, January 15, 2015