FDA Fines Red Cross For Blood-Safety Violations

Law360, New York (November 28, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- The American Red Cross has been slapped with a stinging $5.7 million fine by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for continuing to break blood-safety laws and the terms of a consent agreement from 2003.

In a Nov. 21 letter, the FDA issued a record fine after uncovering a host of safety concerns during a 2005 inspection of a Red Cross facility in New York state. The FDA inspectors identified problems with quality assurance, inventory management, control of nonconforming blood products, donor screening and blood component...
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