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11/06/2017

Response to "Crisis in the Sustainability of the U.S. Blood Supply" New England Journal of Medicine Sounding Board

America’s Blood Centers represents fifty-two independent community blood centers collecting over half of the nation’s blood supply. We appreciate the October 19 “Crisis in the Sustainability of the U.S. Blood Supply” Sounding Board (Klein H, et. al) for raising awareness of threats facing the blood community. We stress the necessity to include all stakeholders in developing solutions that assure that collection of life-saving blood remains community-based and driven by quality and safety. Download PDF (NaN MB) >

12/15/2016

Joint Statement Regarding Deferral Criteria for Men Who Have Had Sex with Other Men (MSM)

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross issued the following joint statement regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s guidance “Revised Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission by Blood and Blood Products” which outlines the deferral criteria for men who have had sex with men (MSM) Download PDF (.23 MB) >

06/13/2016

Joint Statement Addressing Outpouring of Support from Blood Donors June 2016

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross issued the following joint statement regarding the outpouring of support following the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida: Download PDF (.21 MB) >

03/07/2016

Joint Statement Regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announcement of Blood Product Shipments to Puerto Rico in Response to the Zika virus

The American Red Cross, Blood Centers of America, and America’s Blood Centers, issued the following joint statement regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announcement of blood product shipments to Puerto Rico in response to the Zika virus outbreak on the island: Download PDF (.04 MB) >

12/21/2015

Joint Statement Regarding the New U.S. Food and Drug Administration Final Guidance for Deferral Criteria for Men Who Have Had Sex with Men (MSM)

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross issued the following joint statement regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final guidance for deferral criteria for men who have had sex with men (MSM): “AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross are pleased that the FDA has released its final guidance regarding deferral criteria for men who have had sex with men (MSM). The top priority of the blood banking community is the safety of our volunteer blood donors and the recipients of blood. AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the Red Cross support the FDA’s decision to change the MSM blood donation policy from a lifetime deferral to a one-year deferral. This policy change aligns the MSM donor deferral period with those for other activities that may pose a similar risk of transfusion-transmissible infections. Download PDF (.2 MB) >

05/12/2015

Joint Statement Regarding the New U.S. Food and Drug Administration Draft Guidance for Deferral Criteria for Men Who Have Had Sex with Men (MSM)

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross issued the following joint statement regarding the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration draft guidance for deferral criteria for men who have had sex with men (MSM): “AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross are pleased that the new draft guidance has been issued regarding deferral criteria for men who have had sex with men (MSM). We will review the draft put forward by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will respond to the guidance in a timely manner. Download PDF (.2 MB) >

12/23/2014

A Joint Statement on FDA's Recommended Change to a 12-Month MSM Deferral

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recommendation to change blood donation deferral criteria for men who have had sex with other men (MSM) Download PDF (.05 MB) >

11/13/2014

A Joint Statement Regarding the HHS Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability's Recommendation for a 12-Month MSM Deferral

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross issued the following statement regarding the Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability recommendation on deferral criteria for Men Who Have had Sex with Men (MSM). Download PDF (.2 MB) >

10/15/2014

Joint Statement Regarding Ebola and the Safety of the Blood Supply

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross issued the following statement regarding the blood community’s response to Ebola on October 15, 2014: The top priority of the blood banking community is the safety of blood recipients, donors and staff. Individuals who have traveled to countries where Ebola is prevalent are currently deferred from blood donation because these areas are also considered at risk for malaria. Download PDF (.15 MB) >

06/27/2014

2014 Joint Statement Regarding National Gay Blood Drive

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross issued the following statement regarding the National Gay Blood Drive scheduled for July 11, 2014. The event, designed by National Gay Blood Drive organizers, aims to increase attention on the Food and Drug Administration’s lifetime blood donation deferral for men who have had sex with other men, or MSM, in the United States, which the National Gay Blood Drive organizers oppose as medically and scientifically unjustified. Download PDF (.03 MB) >

06/26/2013

Joint Statement Regarding “National Gay Blood Drive”

AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks), America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross issued the following statement regarding the ”National Gay Blood Drive” scheduled for July 12. The event was designed by organizers to increase attention on the lifetime blood donation deferral for men who have had sex with other men (MSM). Download PDF (.04 MB) >

04/20/2012

The Dublin Consensus Statement 2012

It is accepted that the need for and supply of plasma proteins has increased consistently over the last decades. However, it is also accepted that most people who need plasma proteins receive inadequate treatment or no treatment at all. Download PDF (.09 MB) >

01/26/2012

America's Blood Centers Supports Voluntary Donation of Blood, Organs, and Stem Cells

America’s Blood Centers, a federation of nonprofit, independent community blood centers that together provide half of the blood supply and 40 percent of the hematopoietic stem cells in the United States, believes patients are best served when treated with blood, organs, and stem cells that have been voluntarily donated by people acting out of a sense of altruism, not because of the promise of compensation. Download PDF (.04 MB) >

06/11/2010

Joint Statement before the Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability Donor Deferral for Men Who Have Had Sex with Another Man (MSM)

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and American Red Cross (ARC) appreciate the opportunity to address the Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability (ACBSA) regarding the deferral criteria for prospective male blood donors who have had sexual contact with another male (MSM). Download PDF (.04 MB) >

12/03/2009

America's Blood Centers Opposes Healthcare Reform Legislation that Imposes Fee or Tax on Medical Devices Sold to Blood Centers

America’s Blood Centers opposes provisions in the House and Senate healthcare reform legislation that places a tax or fee on medical devices sold to nonprofit blood centers. Our concern is that the device tax or fee will increase operating costs for blood centers, thereby limiting their ability to add new blood safety measures. Such measures, have virtually eliminated disease transmission at an annual cost of about $1 billion to hospitals above the cost of medical inflation. Download PDF (.15 MB) >

10/16/2007

A Joint Statement by Civilian and Military Blood Programs

The blood needs of America’s fighting forces are met by the Armed Services Blood Program (ASPB), whose practices are designed to maintain self-sufficiency in blood collection and blood product manufacturing for the purpose of operational security. Download PDF (.05 MB) >

07/23/2007

The Nation's Blood Organizations Work Together for the Greater Good

The blood needs of America’s fighting forces are met by the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP), whose collection practices are designed to maintain self-sufficiency in blood collection and blood product manufacturing for the purpose of operational security. Download PDF (.05 MB) >

09/19/2006

Possible Criteria for Approval of Donor Screening Tests for vCJD

AABB, America’s Blood Centers (ABC) and American Red Cross (ARC) thank the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the opportunity to speak at today’s meeting. We are pleased that the FDA is considering ways to deal with the potential threat of transmission of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) by transfusion and agree that it is important to consider ways to manage candidate blood tests for these diseases. Download PDF (.05 MB) >

03/09/2006

Draft Guidance on Platelet Pheresis

Dear Committee Members: We need your help in the review of this guidance. In recent times, platelet collections by apheresis have gradually expanded to a level that almost always fulfills patient’s needs. There have been many product developments that led to better instrumentation cleared by FDA. Download PDF (.04 MB) >

03/09/2006

Behavior-Based Blood Donor Deferrals in the Era of Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT)

AABB, America's Blood Centers (ABC) and American Red Cross (ARC) thank the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the opportunity to speak at today's meeting. AABB, ABC, and ARC commend FDA for holding a workshop to review the issues associated with the deferral of prospective blood donors on the basis of an elicited history of behavioral risk. In the context of that workshop, we would like to comment on the deferral criteria for men who have previously had sex with men. Download PDF (.04 MB) >

07/25/2005

Blood Reimbursement Issues

Background: As an essential, life-saving resource, blood costs must be appropriately reimbursed to help ensure that unintended incentives do not exist to restrict the safety and availability of the U.S. blood supply. Given that Medicare directly pays for 46 percent of hospital care and acts as a benchmark for virtually every other type of insurer, Medicare reimbursement to hospitals for blood is particularly crucial. Download PDF (.04 MB) >

07/17/2005

Docket No. PHMSA-2004-16895 Hazardous Materials: Proposed Rule

Dear Docket Officer: America’s Blood Centers (ABC) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (DOT PHMSA) proposed rule on hazardous materials; infectious substances and the harmonization effort with the United Nations recommendations. Download PDF (.05 MB) >

10/14/2004

Deferrals to Prevent vCJD

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) is a national network of locally-controlled, non-profit community blood centers that provide nearly half of the U.S. blood supply from volunteer donors. Collectively, ABC total blood collections exceeded 7 million donations in 2003. ABC members operate in 45 states and in Québec, Canada, and serve more than half of the 6,000 hospitals in the U.S. Download PDF (.04 MB) >

07/23/2004

Irradiated Blood Components

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) is a national network of locally-controlled, non-profit community blood centers that provide nearly half of the U.S. blood supply from volunteer donors. Collectively, ABC total blood collections exceeded 7 million donations in 2001. ABC members provide blood services in 45 states and in Québec, Canada, and serve more than half of the 6,000 hospitals in the U.S. Download PDF (.04 MB) >

07/22/2004

Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI)

America’s Blood Centers, or ABC, is an association of 76 not-for-profit, community-based blood centers that collect nearly half of the US blood supply from volunteer donors. ABC thanks FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research for the opportunity to make public comments before the Blood Products Advisory Committee. Download PDF (.04 MB) >

03/14/2003

Extension of Platelet Dating

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) is a national network of locally-controlled, non-profit community blood centers that provide nearly half of the U.S. blood supply from volunteer donors. Collectively, ABC total blood collections exceeded 7 million donations in 2001. ABC members operate in 45 states and in Québec, Canada, and serve more than half of the 6,000 hospitals in the U.S. Download PDF (.04 MB) >