Blood Community Sends Joint Letter to FDA for Update on HBV Testing Recommendations

June 28, 2022

America’s Blood Centers, the Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies (AABB), and the American Red Cross submitted a joint letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week to “request an update on the current testing recommendations for hepatitis B virus (HBV).” The letter recognizes recent efforts by the agency to…

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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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Letter & Comments to OASH: Document 0990-0313-30D Agency Information Collection Request: National Blood Collection & Utilization Survey (NBCUS)

October 22, 2021

Re: Document 0990-0313 Agency Information Collection Request: National Blood Collection& Utilization Survey (NBCUS) Thank you very much to the OASH and CDC staff working on the NBCUS for providing responses to ABC’s comments, dated May 24, 2021, on the draft 2021 NBCUS. We reviewed the responses received August 26, 2021 and provided our additional comments…

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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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