Blood Centers Unite to Provide Blood Supplies to Ukraine

April 18, 2022

Washington, DC – Blood Centers of America (BCA), America’s Blood Centers (ABC) and Fresenius Kabi announced today that the three organizations have joined together on a nationwide campaign in the United States to provide needed blood-collection and transfusion supplies to those impacted in Ukraine. Participating BCA and ABC blood centers across the U.S. will host…

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ABC Statement: On the FDA’s Blood Donor Deferral Policy for Men Who Have Sex with Other Men (MSM) & the ADVANCE Study

April 4, 2022

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) reiterated its call for a safe and available blood supply that that treats all potential donors with fairness, equality, and respect in a statement addressing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) blood donation eligibility criteria for gay and bisexual men. ABC supported the FDA policy change in 2020 that reduced…

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ABC Supports Senate Bill Focused on Tax Credits

March 29, 2022

America’s Blood Centers sent a letter to Senator Patricia C. Bates, in support of a recent Senate Bill 1025, which would establish a tax credit process for businesses that sponsor blood drives in California. COVID‐19 has severely impacted traditional means of collecting blood, including at business‐based mobile events, straining our nation’s blood supply. This public…

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ABC Sends Support for SB 1475

March 23, 2022

America’s Blood Centers submitted a letter to Senator Richard Pan, Chair, Senate Health Committee, in support of a recent bill, SB 1475, which would permanently authorize a registered nurse to be either physically present or available via telehealth during blood collection at a blood bank. Local blood collectors have proven during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency…

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ABC and ADRP Partner with the Veterans Administration

January 28, 2022

ABC and ADRP continue our partnership with the Veterans Administration (VA) on their National Blood Drive through March 2022. We meet weekly with the VA team and have presented on a number of national calls, including one last week with all of the VA program officers. The National Blood Drive is a key priority within…

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ABC Submits Joint Letter to CMS on Convalescent Plasma Reimbursement

January 21, 2022

America’s Blood Centers joined the national blood community in submitting a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting that the agency ) expeditiously update its coverage and reimbursement policies for COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) to ensure that patients have access to CCP furnished in both the outpatient and inpatient settings of…

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ABC Statement on COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma

January 10, 2022

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) and its network of not-for-profit community blood centers remain committed to supporting the nation’s COVID-19 pandemic response. In light of clinical trials showing positive efficacy of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) when administered early in the course of treatment, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently updated the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)…

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Joint Statement: Blood Donors Urgently Needed During National Blood Donor Month and Throughout the Winter

January 10, 2022

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross are joining together during National Blood Donor Month, to urge eligible, healthy individuals to contact their local blood center and make an appointment to donate blood today. We also ask local businesses to encourage their employees, including those working remotely, to find their local blood donation…

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Joint Statement: Blood Donors Needed this Holiday Season

December 13, 2021

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross are joining together to urge eligible, healthy individuals to contact their local blood center and make an appointment to donate blood today. We also ask local businesses to encourage their employees, including those working remotely, to find their local center and schedule an appointment to donate…

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Blood Transportation to be Allowed to Use HOV Lanes

November 12, 2021

On Saturday November 6, 2021, Congress passed the long-awaited Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. ABC, AABB, and ARC have been working together with Congress to ensure the bipartisan, non-controversial provision to allow blood transportation to use HOV lanes was included in this bill. The bill states that “The public authority may allow blood transport vehicles…

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