J.B. Gaskins, FBS VP for marketing and donor systems, said to his knowledge, there's no blood bank that sells a unit of red blood cells for that price, although some blood products, such as platelets, or clotting agents that are collected through apharesis, are more expensive than red blood cells.
also said there's a high cost involved to ensure blood is safe and meets FDA standards.
New safety measures, including testing for HIV, Hepatitis C virus and West Nile virus, have driven up the service fees for blood, according to America's Blood Centers
, a network of nonprofit community blood centers.
Fees increased from $43 for a unit of red blood cells in 1985 to $180 for a similar unit in 2008.
"When they look into all the aspects of what it costs to do business, I think they'll find, especially in Florida, that we have some of the lowest prices in the country," Gaskins