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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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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ADRP Releases National Blood Donor Month Resources

December 10, 2019

ADRP, in recognition of National Blood Donor Month in January, has developed resources to be used in the effort to help spread awareness for the need for blood. We encourage blood donor centers to utilize the following resources throughout the month of January to show support. In addition, we welcome everyone to view the various…

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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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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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