Mayo Clinic is collaborating with Entercom Communications to launch a radio campaign that raises awareness in Detroit, Michigan; New York City, New York; Miami, Florida; and Chicago, Illinois of the federally-sponsored national Expanded Access Program (EAP) for Convalescent Plasma. The Food and Drug Administration announced Mayo Clinic as the lead site for the EAP program to speed access and increase availability of investigational convalescent plasma for hospitalized individuals in need.
The radio campaign began May 7 to let people who’ve recovered from COVID-19 know about the need for blood donations. The American Red Cross and the larger blood-banking community, which works with physicians to collect and distribute the donor plasma, are also supporting the national program.
Led by researcher Michael Joyner, M.D., the EAP for Convalescent Plasma grew from a national initiative of physicians and investigators from 40 institutions who self-organized to investigate the use of convalescent plasma during the COVID-19 pandemic. These institutions include Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, Washington University, Einstein Medical Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Michigan State University, as well as countless other academic medical centers and government agencies seeking to establish a national convalescent plasma program to modify the course of disease.
Mayo Clinic is a non-profit medical group practice. More than 3,800 physicians and scientists and 50,900 allied health staff work at Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic also serves over 70 communities through Mayo Clinic Health System with locations in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Collectively, these locations care for more than 1 million people each year.
This was reported by the Mayo Clinic on May 7, 2020.
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