Blood Safety and Availability, Hearings Before the Committe on Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, September 23, October 6, and October 19, 1999   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Fred Upton: "We have become concerned, as have the blood banking community and public health experts, about the apparent tightening of the blood supply. There seem to be several factors that are contributing to this trend of an apparent tightening of our blood supply: A growing population over 65 that will need more operations and thus more blood transfusions, younger generations donating at lower rates than the past generations, and improved screening and testing, to name just a few. Officials in both the blood banking community and the government have raised concerns about these trends. In response to these concerns, Chairman Bliley asked the GAO [Government Accountability Office] to conduct an assessment of the availability of the U.S. blood supply." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James P. AuBuchon, Celso Bianco, Jacquelyn Fredrick, Janet Heinrich, Thomas D. Roslewicz, David Satcher, Craig Sperry, Jennifer Sperry, Marian T. Sullivan, Susan L. Wilkinson, American Association of Blood Banks, Melinda Plaisier, Fred Upton.

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