Red Cross – Red Faced Over $16 Million Fine
The Red Cross is one of the oldest and most recognised institutions in the world, with approximately 97 million volunteer’s world wide. First established in the U.S. in 1881 and quickly sanctioned by the United States Government in 1882, this organization has literally helped millions in times of war and in more peaceful times through disaster relief efforts.
Wherever disaster strikes in the U.S. or the world, you can guarantee the Red Cross will be there helping. Whether lending support through its hands on volunteers, or organizing the administration and movement of necessary supplies. The Red Cross has always been there when needed.
This proud history was slightly tainted on Thursday and shocked many insiders when the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) officially fined the American Red Cross again to the tune of $16 million for violations in relation to maintaining quality controls in the collection and processing of blood products during the years 2008 and 2009.
That makes a total $37 million in fines the organization has had to pay since 2003 for failing to meet regulated blood safety standards. These failings included not recording complete information on records about donors, mislabeling of blood and potential air contamination issues.
In further statements the FDA indicated that the blood supply is believed to be safe and besides the relevant violations in regulatory standards there was nothing to indicate otherwise. It further stated that it was encouraged by recent actions over at the Red Cross to quickly comply with these safety regulations.
In its own statement the Washington based Red Cross said it was “fully committed to meeting all FDA standards, and was disappointed that the FDA believed that it was necessary to fine us for prior violations dating back several years, and before corrective action could be taken at the latest inspection points.”
The Red Cross first initiated a national blood program at the request of the military during World War II. After the war the organization went on to introduce the first nationwide U.S. civilian blood program that today supplies nearly 50 percent of the blood and blood products in this country.
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