You might be aware that FDA plays a key role in assuring the safety and efficacy of products such as drugs, vaccines and foods. But less well known is the agency’s critical regulatory oversight of our nation’s blood supply.
Blood saves and improves the lives of millions of individuals each year. It is used for transfusions for example, to replace blood loss during surgery, childbirth or following a traumatic injury. Blood and blood products are also a key part of the medical treatment of serious illnesses such as cancer, organ failure, or sickle cell disease. Additionally, blood and blood products are used to prevent and treat many medical conditions, such as infections and blood clotting disorders.