ABC Welcomes New Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at HHS

July 6, 2021

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) welcomes the Honorable Dawn O’Connell, JD to the role of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). ABC looks forward to working with the ASPR to ensure broad awareness of the essential role of the blood supply in the health care system as well as the continuous need for blood donors…

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Letter to FDA: Temporary Blood Guidances in Place During COVID-19 Pandemic

May 27, 2021

In April of 2020 FDA issued three guidance documents which modified recommendations for blood collections relating to HIV, Malaria and Alternative Procedures for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. In a letter to the FDA, ABC submitted comments in support of making the three blood guidances permanent – beyond the duration of the…

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Letter to FDA: Withdrawal of Zika Testing

May 26, 2021

On behalf of America’s Blood Centers (ABC) and our member blood centers, we applaud your efforts to maintain a safe and robust blood supply by ensuring that testing requirements and donor deferrals are evidence-based. The determination that Zika virus (ZIKV) is no longer a relevant transfusion-transmitted infection (RTTI) recognizes the evolving knowledge surrounding the virus,…

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Letter to HHS: Automate the collection of data for the NBCUS

May 24, 2021

Re: Document 0990-0313 Agency Information Collection Request: National Blood Collection& Utilization Survey (NBCUS) The biennial NBCUS is the only source of comprehensive data on blood collection and usage available for both public and private stakeholders, to support benchmarking and surveillance, ongoing research, regulatory needs, disaster planning, and national security concerns. In comments submitted this week…

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Welcome Letter to Assistant Secretary for Health Levine

May 14, 2021

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) welcomes you to the role of Assistant Secretary for Health. In your new role as HHS Blood Safety Director, ABC looks forward to working with you to ensure broad awareness of the essential role of the blood supply in the health care system as well as the continuous need for blood…

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Welcome Letter to Surgeon General Murthy

May 14, 2021

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) welcomes you back to the role of Surgeon General. ABC appreciates the strong support you have historically shown for the blood supply and looks forward to working with you to ensure broad awareness of the essential role of the blood supply in the health care system as well as the continuous…

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Welcome Letter to HHS Secretary Becerra

May 14, 2021

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) welcomes you to the role of Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ABC looks forward to working with you to ensure broad awareness of the essential role of the blood supply in the health care system as well as the continuous need for blood donors to ensure…

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America’s Blood Centers Signs on to NHLBI Constituency Group Funding Letter

April 23, 2021

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) signed on to a Constituency Group letter on April 16th to members of Congress in support of funding for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National, Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI). The letter is cosigned by 58 other organizations.

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Joint Comments Submitted – Most Favored Nation (MFN) Model (CMS-5528-IFC)

January 26, 2021

AABB, America’s Blood Centers, and the American Red Cross submitted comments in response to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Most Favored Nation (MFN) Model interim final rule with comment (IFC). Our organizations strongly oppose the interim final rule implementing the MFN model because it dramatically changes Medicare payment policies without providing affected stakeholders…

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Joint Letter to FDA Regarding COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Implementation

January 8, 2021

A joint letter from America’s Blood Centers, AABB, and the American Red Cross requesting an extension of the enforcement discretion period to ensure CCP remains readily available to patients in need.

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