The Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (JTH) has accepted the following article on recommendations from the Platelet Immunology Subcommittee of the Scientific and Standardization Committee (SSC):
Recommendations for Standardization of Laboratory Testing for Drug-Induced Immune Thrombocytopenia Drug-induced immune thrombocytopenia (DITP) is a life-threatening clinical syndrome that is
under-recognized and difficult to diagnose. Clinical criteria can help determine the
likelihood that a drug was the cause of thrombocytopenia but confirmation of the diagnosis
requires laboratory testing to demonstrate the presence of drug-dependent platelet
antibodies. There is a need to improve accessibility of testing for the most commonly implicated drugs,
which means that the methods of testing including, sample collection, handling of target
platelets, drug concentrations, and the type of immunoassay should be standardized.