FDA Shuts Down Blood Bank

DORAL, Fla. (AP) _ Federal authorities have suspended the license of a Miami-area blood bank for violations that include improperly notifying donors who may have been HIV-positive.

According to a July 9 letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Doral, Florida-based U.S. Blood Bank didn’t make “reasonable attempts” to notify at least 120 donors between August 2013 and May who tested reactive for HIV and would need another test to verify the results.

In a statement to The Miami Herald, U.S. Blood Bank said “not one of our units for transfusion was deemed to be anything but pure and safe.”

President Esther Hernandez says the company is working to address the violations and hopes to re-open.

It’s the first time the FDA has suspended a blood bank’s license in over a decade.