“We Need People to Start Turning Out in Force to Give Blood”

March 12, 2020

 (Washington, DC – March 12, 2020) – “We need people to start turning out in force to give blood.” That urgent call-to-action coming from Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, as fear about the coronavirus is keeping people from wanting to donate…

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Coronavirus Fears Put Nation’s Blood Supply at Risk

March 10, 2020

(Washington, DC – March 10, 2020) Concerns over the coronavirus are negatively impacting the nation’s blood supply and it has blood centers around the country appealing to the public that now is the time to donate. “We are facing a national blood supply issue. As coronavirus fears intensify, blood centers around the country are experiencing…

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AMERICANS URGED TO DONATE BLOOD TO MAINTAIN ADEQUACY OF BLOOD SUPPLY AMID CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS

March 5, 2020

Bethesda, Md. – As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread in the United States, the AABB Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism is urging individuals to make and keep donation appointments and organized blood drives to ensure the continued adequacy of the blood supply. Read complete press release.

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ABC Statement on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 2, 2020

March 2, 2020 America’s Blood Centers (ABC) continues its efforts to monitor and respond to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) with the safety of the U.S. blood supply and blood donors our top priority. There is no known risk to the safety of the nation’s blood supply. Individuals are not at risk of contracting COVID-19 from…

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ABC Signs on to Joint Comments Submitted to Tick-Borne Disease Working Group

January 24, 2020

The undersigned organizations support the critical work being done by the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG). Vector-borne diseases, including tick-borne diseases, create multifaceted and interdisciplinary public health challenges. We appreciate the TBDWG’s plans to address the risks associated with tick-borne diseases and applaud policymakers’ commitment to addressing tick-borne diseases through the recently enacted Kay Hagan…

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Cold Stored Platelets for Transfusion Blood Products Advisory Committee Statement

November 22, 2019

Americas Blood Centers’ (ABC) is North America’s largest network of FDA-licensed, independent, non-profit community-based blood centers. Our members collect, process, and distribute over half of the blood supply in the United States. We thank the FDA and BPAC for the opportunity to present our member’s views on cold stored platelets. The use of cold stored…

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CMS Publishes CY 2020 OPPS Final Rule

November 8, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the calendar year (CY) 2020 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule. It addresses payment to hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), including payment rates for blood components. Laboratory date of service (DOS) exception policy. The rule finalized the categorical exemption of…

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ABC Urges FDA to Continue to Evaluate Impact of New Final Guidance on Platelet Availability

October 3, 2019

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) encourages the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to continue to assess the impact of the Final Guidance issued on Bacterial Risk Control Strategies for Blood Collection Establishments and Transfusion Services to Enhance the Safety and Availability of Platelets for Transfusion Guidance for Industry. While the Final Guidance took an important step…

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Support Letter for Repeal of Medical Device Tax

September 27, 2019

On behalf of the over six hundred innovators, patient groups, physicians, hospitals, venture capitalists and other stakeholders signed below representing millions of patients and hundreds of thousands medical technology jobs, we respectfully request that Congress prioritize repeal of the medical device excise tax before it causes any more harm to the innovation ecosystem. While the…

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Joint Letter to CMS in Response to Proposed Rule Related to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)

September 26, 2019

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross welcome the opportunity to submit comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to the proposed rule related to the hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) published in the Federal Register on August 9, 2019. Collectively, our organizations represent the nation’s blood…

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