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Dear Addy: Nation’s Blood Supply

March 20, 2017

Dear Addy, How is the nation’s blood supply managed, and how do we know if it’s safe? Sincerely, Searching for the Best Blood Dear Searching, The US blood supply system is managed by a number of major organizations, including federal agencies. They oversee two types of blood collection activities: (1) the collection of the cellular […]

PPTA Releases Updated Statement on Zika

September 13, 2016

The following is a summary of a statement released by the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA). To read the PPTA statement in full, click HERE. On September 8, 2016, PPTA issued an updated news release regarding the Zika virus (ZIKV) and plasma protein therapies. In the release, PPTA notes that: ZIKV is in a family of (lipid-enveloped) viruses that is […]

Update #3: Zika Virus & Blood Supply

August 27, 2016

On August 26th, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a revised guidance to US blood banks addressing Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of Zika Virus Transmission by Blood and Blood Components. The Zika virus is transmitted primarily by the Aedes mosquito; it can also be spread by sexual contact. Although 4 out of 5 […]

Update #2: Zika Virus & Blood Supply

August 10, 2016

For the past few months, HFA has been monitoring the progression of the Zika virus in the United States. Since the first reported cases of Zika virus reaching the United States in January, there have been thousands of additional cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the follow cases and causes of transmission […]

FDA Requests Comments Regarding MSM Donor Deferral Policy

August 10, 2016

In January of this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised its donor deferral policy surrounding men who have sex with men (MSM). On July 26, 2016, the FDA issued another request for comments regarding the MSM donor deferral policy. Current policy permits blood donations by MSM provided that the donor has not had […]

FDA Making Progress With Blood Safety Monitoring System

May 15, 2015

Last December, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg  set forth a recommendation to change the current blood donation policy for men who have sex with men (MSM). The old policy, set forth in the height of the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, barred men who have had sex with men since 1977 from donating blood. […]


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