Blood Community Unites to Support COVID-19 Patients

April 6, 2020

The U.S. blood community has joined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority in a national effort to support the collection and distribution of convalescent plasma, a potentially life-saving treatment for critically ill COVID-19 patients. While this coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented, the U.S. blood community has a long history…

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ABC Statement on FDA’s Changes to Donor Eligibility Criteria During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 3, 2020

America’s Blood Centers and its members are committed to maintaining a safe and available blood supply and treating all potential donors with fairness, equality, and respect. We commend the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their continued support during this unprecedented situation as our nation coordinates response efforts to COVID-19. In recognizing the need…

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“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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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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ABC Calls on the FDA to Cease Testing for Zika Virus

December 9, 2019

In light of ongoing epidemiology data showing no evidence that mosquitoes in the continental U.S. have transmitted ZIKV since 2017, ABC believes the Food and Drug Administration should take immediate action to cease testing of blood donations for the Zika virus. Ongoing Zika virus testing imposes significant costs to the healthcare system without materially contributing…

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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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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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Comments to Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation Regarding FDA’s Zika Screening Guidance

July 10, 2019

The undersigned organizations appreciate the opportunity to submit comments to the ACBSCT. Collectively, our organizations represent cord blood banks and individuals in the cord blood community, such as physicians and other healthcare providers, researchers and professionals in cord blood banking and transplantation. We are submitting this letter with a request to be added to the…

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