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May 21, 1988 | Clipboard researched by Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times
Only about 20% of all the blood Red Cross collects is used as whole blood, which has a shelf life of 42 days. These are the major blood products: RED CELLS are used for about 70% of all blood needs. Shelf life: 42 days (Can also be frozen and stored for three years, but once reconstituted they must be used within 24 hours. The freezing-reconstituting process is costly and is used primarily for preservation of rare blood.) Diameter: 7 microns (1 micron=0.
July 16, 1991
HemaCare Corp., a Sherman Oaks company that sells blood-related products and services, said that earlier this month it received licenses from the Food and Drug Administration that allow HemaCare to begin selling some new types of blood products. It said licenses were also granted by the FDA that allow the company to sell some of its existing products outside California for the first time. A total of six licenses were granted by the federal agency.
December 18, 2004 | By Jerry Hirsch and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writers
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned physicians to consider alternatives to the popular arthritis drug Celebrex because of new evidence that, like the similar drug Vioxx, removed from the market in September, it doubles the chances of heart attacks and strokes. The federal agency said it may soon take other actions, including requiring stronger warnings, or even blocking the drug from sale. The statements call into question the future of the widely used class of painkilling drug called Cox-2 inhibitors.
August 1, 1989
Scientific and political controversies have coincided in Sacramento to postpone, and perhaps kill, legislation to extend the use of paid donors of blood platelets, which are small cells used in several types of surgery. The subject is too serious to dismiss in this way. The problem is complex. Platelets are in short supply. The Red Cross Blood Bank serving Los Angeles and Orange counties estimates the demand at 40,000 units a year.
July 8, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday cautioned consumers against using quinine for leg cramps, warning that the drug could cause severe side effects, including death. Quinine, sold in this country under the brand name Qualaquin, is approved for treatment of uncomplicated malaria, but has a long history of use as a remedy for leg cramps, especially at night. In many countries, it is sold over the counter. Studies have shown that it can reduce the incidence of cramps by one-third to one-half but that as many as one in every 25 users can suffer serious side effects.
April 15, 2007 | Daniel Costello, Times Staff Writer
Kevin Sharer has a thing for maverick war heroes. In his sunlit office in Thousand Oaks, a massive portrait of the often-flamboyant Gen. George Armstrong Custer hangs across from his desk. It complements one of English naval great Horatio Nelson, renowned for defying orders. Sharer has a military background himself, gained as an engineer on fast-attack Navy nuclear submarines during the Cold War. These days, at troubled Amgen Inc., he's emulating his risk-taking heroes more than ever.
June 21, 1994
Amgen Inc., the Thousand Oaks biotechnology giant, agreed to jointly develop a treatment for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy with Japanese beer company Kirin Brewery Co. Amgen and Kirin, which has a pharmaceutical division, are longtime research and marketing partners for Amgen's two blockbuster drugs, Epogen and Neupogen.
September 16, 1989 | JACK CHEEVERS, Times Staff Writer
The state Senate gave final legislative approval Friday to a bill to continue allowing the sale of a special blood product from paid donors, a law that would benefit a Sherman Oaks firm with ties to co-sponsor Assemblyman Tom Bane. The legislation, approved unanimously without discussion, would renew for three years an exemption from a state law that bans the sale of blood products from paid donors. HemaCare Corp.
September 19, 1998
The Los Angeles area is experiencing a critical blood shortage, which has diminished the supply of types B and O blood throughout Southern California, the American Red Cross said this week. The supply of both O positive and O negative blood and blood platelets has reached crisis levels, said Rich Krieg, of the Red Cross Blood Services Southern California Region. In addition to type B blood, there is a particular need for type O blood. Information: (800) GIVE-LIFE.
May 14, 1993 | HELAINE OLEN
Richard Donoghue, interim superintendent for the Orange Unified School District, was listed in critical condition Thursday at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles following a liver transplant earlier in the week. District officials said Donoghue underwent the eight-hour operation Wednesday after tests revealed that his liver was not producing sufficient platelets to allow his blood to clot naturally.
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