ABC Supports Disaster Readiness Legislation

March 22, 2019
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ABC Comments on Bacterial Risk Detection Draft Guidance

March 11, 2019
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Onward and Upward—Journey to the Cloud

January 19, 2018

Cloud computing is bringing us closer to the utility information technology (IT) model: functionality on-demand, elasticity to increase or decrease resources as needed, and accessibility—the ability to access it from connected devices in any location. Deployment models can be private (services from internal hardware), public (services from a public provider), or a hybrid (services delivered…

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Follow the Data

January 12, 2018

At the recent Blood Products Advisory Committee (BPAC) meeting (ABC Newsletter #42), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) heard the committee’s endorsement for moving from the current universal individual donation nucleic acid testing (ID-NAT) for Zika virus (ZIKV) to a model used for West Nile Virus (WNV) donor screening—screening using minipools (MP-NAT) to reduce…

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A Bridge Too Far

December 15, 2017

The Trump administration would forbid using the terms “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based,” and “science-based” in 2018 budget documents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The original story is here. This is not the first attempt to muzzle an agency, but it is the first affecting one with which the blood…

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BPAC Outcomes

December 8, 2017

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Blood Products Advisory Committee (BPAC) met for two full days of sausage making—not always pretty, but the committee came up with a tasty product. Two topics were of particular interest to ABC member blood centers. Bacterial contamination of platelets was the subject of draft guidances from…

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Harvey & Irma Silver Lining: the HERF

November 13, 2017

The recent hurricanes more than earned their status as disasters from the despair, death, and destruction they left in their wakes. For us blood bankers the successful launch of an industry-wide, grassroots relief program has, at least, proven to be a positive outcome. The Hurricane Emergency Relief Fund (HERF), launched August 31st by Blood Centers…

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Introducing the ABC Public Policy Council

November 3, 2017

The newly appointed ABC Board of Directors held its first day-long meeting in Chicago on October 18th. As part of ABC’s re-alignment, the Board has affirmed building a unified advocacy presence for the membership as the central focus of ABC. This will be supported by scientific, medical, technical, quality, and regulatory strength. In doing so,…

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Are RFPs Still Important?

October 27, 2017

At the recent ABC Financial Management & Information Technology Workshops, ABC members discussed working on projects to implement or upgrade their software applications, ranging from typical upgrades to complex system conversions and implementation of new systems. These discussions caused me to contemplate the relevance of the request for proposal (RFP) process and if it is…

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The Power of Our Collective Strength and Commonality

October 20, 2017

With the 2017 ABC Financial Management Workshop wrapped up, we can reflect on what an exciting time it was! Houston is such a wonderful and vibrant city and even on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, you could feel the pulse of the city, whose residents won’t be deterred from their recovery. Through attending, we were…

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