Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and American Red Cross have Safety of Donated Blood on the Agenda Sept. 10-12
Last update: 4:23 p.m. EDT Sept. 3, 2008 Sep 03, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- MEDIA ADVISORY:
WHAT: Officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Blood Products Advisory Committee (BPAC) will meet with government institutions and top experts from academia and private industry on September 10, 11 and 12 in two separate meetings to address issues related to safety of the blood supply including:
-- Bacterial contamination of donated blood products for transfusion which can lead to sepsis (Sept. 10)
-- Risk of infectious disease such as malaria from blood donors traveling abroad, and impact on donor pool and blood shortages (Sept. 11)
-- Emerging concerns of U.S. diseases spread by ticks like babesiosis and lyme disease (Sept. 12)
WHY: All of these organizations are committed to ensuring the safety of the nation's blood supply. Recent fines against the American Red Cross have shed public light on concerns around contaminants in the blood supply and areas for improving blood product safety. For example:
-- 125 blood transfusion related fatalities were reported to the FDA in 2005 and 2006(1)
-- 1 in 3,000 units of platelet blood components are believed to be bacterially contaminated at time of transfusion(2) putting 1 in 500 patients at risk for sepsis (based on an average of 6 units of platelets per transfusion)
-- West Nile Virus took four years to identify and arguably more than 3,200 people were infected through blood transfusion(3)
-- FDA reported a total of five deaths related to transfusion-transmitted babesiosis in 2006 and 2007(4)
The FDA BPAC and Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability (ACBSA) have previously met to discuss strategies to improve blood safety, including pathogen inactivation, a proactive approach to eradicate bacteria, viruses and pathogens from the blood supply.
HOW: Pathogen inactivation technologies have the ability to inactivate bacteria, viruses and parasites from donated blood that may not be detected by current diagnostic tests. Many European countries are currently using pathogen inactivation to safeguard their blood supply.
WHO: Speakers will include representatives from the American Red Cross, Centers for Disease Control, academic and industry experts. Learn more about areas for improvement of blood safety or to speak to an expert about pathogen inactivation and its anticipated benefits to the U.S. blood supply by speaking with:
-- Dr. Jeff McCullough, M.D., American Red Cross Professor, Transfusion Medicine, Professor, Laboratory Medicine & Pathology, University of Minnesota
-- Dr. Larry Corash, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Cerus Corporation
WHEN / WHERE: FDA Meeting: Blood Products Advisory Committee Sept. 10, 2008, 8:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Sept. 11, 2008, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Hilton Hotel, Washington, D.C./Rockville Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
"We are convening this workshop at the present time because FDA has observed a recent increase in the number of reports of transfusion-transmitted babesiosis..."
"...During the last 40 years, more than 60 cases of transfusion-transmitted babesiosis have been recognized in the United States. In years 2006 and 2007, FDA received a total of five reports of fatal transfusion-transmitted babesiosis (primary or contributory cause of death) in the United States..."
"Topics to be discussed include: (1) Biology, pathogenesis, transmission and epidemiology of babesiosis; (2) risk of Babesia infections through transfusion of blood and blood components; (3) laboratory methods to detect Babesia infections; and, (4) possible approaches, including donor deferral, and donor testing to reduce the risk of transfusion-transmitted babesiosis while minimizing the loss of otherwise suitable donors."
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in a case like this how long would it take for symptoms to start to show up? I'm asking because I had surgery back in 2002, but I didn't get sick till 2006. Could my system have held off the bacteria for 4 years?
I don't ever recall being bit by a tick. This just makes me think.
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Thanks everyone for the replies. I emailed Melanie's information to her and I will follow up with a phone call to encourage her to get on antibiotic. I'm going to push for a full 400mg. Doxy for at least 4 weeks. She could not donate her blood first - she had a bleeding ulcer and by the time she decided she needed help - it was an emergency situation. She is such a good person - very caring - but does not take care of herself - always her work can't wait. Peedie
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