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July 6, 1964

WASHINGTON NEWS

JAMA. 1964;189(1):A17-A18. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070010083039

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Abstract

Kansas City Blood Bank Case.—  A Federal Trade Commission examiner ruled that the Community Blood Bank of the Kansas City area and other defendants illegally restrained the sale and exchange of human blood.The charge was brought against the nonprofit Community Blood Bank by Midwest Blood Bank and Plasma Center and World Bank, Inc., a commercial bank. In addition to Community, the defendants were the Kansas City Area Hospital Association and its members, and 14 hospital pathologists.In a joint statement, the defendants said they would appeal the decision to the full commission, and if necessary, to the US Court of Appeals. "We are confident that we have not violated in any way the FTC act or any other law," they said.The pathologists contended that it is immoral to sell human blood for a profit and that blood storage and utilization constitute a medical service.The FTC examiner, Walter

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