Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, February 17th, 2002
The Red Cross issued 641 recalls in 2000, an 18-fold increase from 12 years earlier. While none of the recalls were the most serious type, most were classified as posing a small risk to patients, and government documents say some possibly hazardous blood was given to patients before word reached doctors not to use it.
Sens. Tom Daschle and Edward Kennedy called the allegations serious, and Kennedy agreed to consumer advocates' request to investigate.
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