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FDA Consumer Update: Advances in Saving Lives with Blood

September 18, 2013
Every two seconds in the U.S., someone needs a blood transfusion or blood product—people of all ages who are injured, need surgery or who are suffering from illness. The Food and Drug Administration's primary responsibility with regard to blood and blood products is to assure the safety of patients who receive these life-saving products.

In this interview, Richard Davey, M.D., director of the Division of Blood Applications, Office of Blood Research and Review at FDA discusses advances in the field, contingency plans during disasters and why—and when—to give blood.

This article appears on FDA's Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.