The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.
The Red Cross is a charitable organization that has one goal – to help others. They are not perfect, but I know they can be counted on to do exactly what they say they do as they claim in their quote above.
In 2010, they had some FDA inspection problems, nothing that in any way negatively impacted the public. The FDA came up with a list of areas for correction which the Red Cross immediately undertook to correct. The “significant violations” involved bureaucratic record keeping and assurances. The violations were connected to a reorganization but the FDA obviously didn’t consider that significant when they levied their fine.
The inspection was 15 months ago. It took these bureaucrats 15 months to come up with a lamebrain decision to fine an organization that provides humanitarian help. If the violations were so “significant,” why did it take them 15 months? I guess this is how the government will deal with our Obamacare emergencies.
Not only are they lamebrains for taking 15 months. Not only are they lamebrains for not re-inspecting first. They are truly lamebrains because they fined this charitable organization almost $10 million dollars!!! That is money that could help people in need! Are you kidding me? This is what our government thinks Americans want?
It was a $9.59 million fine to be exact and it was for bureaucratic violations that were being addressed and hurt no one. The hell I say! The FDA needs to stop stealing, reduce their bureaucratic bumbling, and use some common sense.
Here is the Red Cross response –
The American Red Cross and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) both are seeking to ensure the safest possible blood products are provided when needed by recipients.
While the FDA fines cover a number of facilities, they are primarily centered on an inspection conducted 15 months ago at our Donor & Client Support Center (DCSC) in Philadelphia. We are disappointed that the FDA believed it necessary to issue a fine for an inspection conducted so long ago and it is important to know we have already taken corrective steps to address those matters and that improvements in operations have been made. We are not aware of any adverse donor reactions or patient issues due to the problems in the FDA report.
The Red Cross is fully committed to meeting all FDA standards, has made significant progress in working with the FDA to comply with their regulations and requirements, and continues to work on improving its performance.
The Red Cross consolidated its blood donor management from more than 30 facilities into two Donor and Client Support Centers. We were aware of some of the challenges from this consolidation in mid-2010 and were already taking action in many areas. Additional issues were cited by investigators during the FDA inspection in October, 2010, and the Red Cross initiated corrective steps to address those matters as well.
The blood supply is safer today than ever before, and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. Giving blood helps save lives, and we appreciate all those who help others in need by giving blood.
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