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Industry Support Grows For Memorial Blood Centers' Blood Donor Safety Research Study

In addition to funding from the FABC, the Iron Depletion and Replacement in Donors Study also has received valuable in-kind support from two other industry leaders:

CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) has provided a 100-day supply of Ferrous Gluconate iron supplements for each of the 2,000 study participants. 

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, has provided coverage of a service contract on the Ortho ECI testing machine being used throughout the duration of the study and also has contributed a majority of the donor testing supplies.  

"We are extremely grateful to all of our industry partners that have rallied in support of this important study," Dr. Gorlin added. "It is our intent that the results of the Iron Depletion and Replacement in Donors Study will establish a nationally scalable program that can be implemented by all other members of America's Blood Centers. Every blood center across the country will hopefully benefit from our findings and use this new information to improve blood donor safety, decrease the number of deferred donors, and ensure that we continue to maintain a healthy and robust donor base, and continue to help save lives through blood donation."

About Memorial Blood CentersMemorial Blood Centers has been helping to save lives for 65 years as an independent nonprofit supplying life-saving blood to area hospitals and other partners throughout the U.S., and providing comprehensive testing and expert technical services as a national leader in transfusion medicine. www.MBC.org

About Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC), founded in the mid-1970s, serves more than 80 hospital partners throughout Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Missouri, operates 19 donor centers, and hosts 4,000 mobile blood drives annually. www.bloodcenter.org

About The Foundation for America's Blood Centers The Foundation for America's Blood Centers (FABC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, works in partnership with members of America's Blood Centers to fund initiatives that improve the availability, quality, and safety of blood and related products—all to save, extend, or enhance the lives of patients.  www.thefabc.org

About CVS/pharmacyCVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the U.S. with integrated offerings across the entire spectrum of pharmacy care: mail order pharmacy, retail pharmacy, specialty pharmacy, and retail medical clinics, and a leading provider of Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. www.cvscaremark.com

About Ortho Clinical Diagnostics Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (OCD) is part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Device and Diagnostic Companies. A fully integrated, global business comprised of instruments and tests for transfusion medicine and clinical laboratories, biomarkers and cellular therapies, and lean consulting services. www.orthoclinical.com

SOURCE Memorial Blood Centers

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