WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials have fined the American Red Cross a record five-point-seven (m) million-dollars for violating blood-safety laws.
The Food and Drug Administration says the fine covers a variety of issues found during an inspection last year of a Red Cross facility in West Henrietta, New York. Those issues include control of blood products, donor screening and blood component manufacturing issues. It also noted issues with quality assurance and inventory management.
The F-D-A notified the Red Cross of the fine in a letter last week. It was posted on the agency's Web site today. A Red Cross spokesman says the organization is reviewing the letter.