Red Cross gets slapped with $4.2 million blood fine

The American Red Cross is feeling the burn from a $4.2 million fine from violating laws which dictate blood safety (like not adhering to test procedures or failing to ask the right questions from donors).

In a sort of a reassuring way, the FDA says that there weren’t any consequences of anyone being hurt from these infractions. Now the Red Cross has twenty days to respond, but stated that it “is committed to full compliance with the amended consent decree and all applicable federal regulations.”

The good news is that the blood supply is perfectly fine, no one was hurt, and that your donated money won’t be going toward paying off the fine. Since hospitals and other facilities rely on their blood so heavily, the Red Cross said they plan on paying the fine via operating funds (that is, selling blood products).

Author by Adams Briscoe