Feds Hit Red Cross With $9.6M Fine

FDA sites badly trained staff, poor record-keeping
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2012 7:36 PM CST

(Newser) – The feds have slapped the American Red Cross with a $9.6 million fine for careless blood management practices, MSNBC reports. The FDA uncovered no actual harm to blood recipients, but expressed concern over poorly trained staff and slipshod record-keeping: We "cannot definitively say there was never any danger to the blood supply since the violations can create conditions that could lead to potential safety consequences,” an official said.

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Facing its second multi-million-dollar FDA fine in two years, the Red Cross accused officials of concentrating on a 15-month-old inspection in Philadelphia where practices have since been improved. “We are disappointed that the FDA believed it necessary to impose a fine for an inspection conducted so long ago,” a Red Cross official said. Among the FDA's findings: a donor sprayed with blood during a drive in Peoria, Illinois, and a failure to contact patients who may have received contaminated blood. (Read more American Red Cross stories.)

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