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Upcoming Event: Did you know that FDA plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of the nation’s blood supply?

February 10, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

As part of FDA Basics, FDA is hosting a webinar where you can learn more FDA’s role in ensuring the safety of the nation’s blood supply.  The featured speaker, Richard Davey, MD, Director of the Division of Blood Applications, Office of Blood Research and Review in FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, will discuss how the agency safeguards the nation’s blood supply and protects the five million people who receive blood transfusions annually. Dr. Davey will provide an overview of these safeguards and will focus on the donor screening process and the testing of blood for blood-borne infectious agents.  After the presentation, there will an opportunity to ask questions.

The free 30 minute webinar will be held Tuesday, February 15th, at 2 p.m. ET.

There are a limited number of spots available for the webinar. Materials from the webinar will also be available on the FDA web site.

Click here for more information about the webinar, including instructions about how to join the webinar.

Ann Witt, Transparency Initiative Coordinator

  1. February 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I was not aware that the FDA monitored or checked the nation’s blood supply but upon reflection and considering the importance of the supply it only makes sense. I look forward to the webinar.

  2. February 14, 2011 at 4:52 am

    This is a great way of making people aware about the important role of the FDA in ensuring the safety of the blood supply in the country.

  3. February 14, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I know there’s always a shortage of blood for transfusions, that or vampires have taken over the local blood drives in Australia. I can’t help but think that legislating blood donations may be a solution.

    Granted there are some privacy issues , but it’s only blood at the end of the day.

  4. cj
    February 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    The advent of universal blood and plateletes derived from hESC, grown in the lab, could, one day provide an unlimited supply of uncontaminated blood products. Using advanced cell technology, this newly patented process can now provide ethically obtained cell lines, without the need to destroy embryos; a great event for all mankind.

  5. February 24, 2011 at 12:26 am

    I heard that The FDA considers ending ban on gay men giving blood because gay men have a HIV prevalence 60 times higher than the general population; 800 times higher than first-time blood donors; and 8,000 times higher than repeat donors.

  6. February 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Nice Information. Thanks for it. Greetings from Germany.

  7. March 9, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Although these and other risks are present in the US blood supply, this by no means indicates that blood transfusions are “unsafe.” While some patients prefer transfusion alternatives, such as bloodless surgery, the fact remains that millions of blood transfusions are successfully performed every day, and that these transfusions improve the health and survival of the transfusion recipient.

  8. March 21, 2011 at 9:15 am

    It is good to know that your government is doing its best for the welfare of your blood supply. Unlike here in the Philippines, there are cases of our own state hospitals which has been contaminated with HIV/AIDS.

  9. March 23, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    This was a very informative webnair. Blood supply issues is some thing that could affect all of us down the road

  10. April 23, 2011 at 1:24 am

    I am glad someone is keeping an eye in the blood supply. This is important for the health of the country.

  11. May 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    The Federal Drug Administration was originally founded to “protect” we, the people of the United States, from unscrupulous drug companies and “snake oil” salesmen. However, it has grown into a protector of those same unscrupulous drug companies (known as Big Pharma). Not only does the FDA “NOT” protect the public any more, but it actually contributes to the harming of it

  12. June 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I agree and lets keep up the good work

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  14. Pete
    October 4, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Thanks for the very helpful post.

  15. October 11, 2011 at 7:28 am

    This is a great way of making people aware about the important role of the FDA in ensuring the safety of the blood supply in the country..

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