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Critical blood shortages eased by new technology
Date:9/19/2007

East Hills, NY (Sept. 19, 2007) -- Each year in the U.S. millions of blood donors see a critical part of their donation literally go down the drain. Of the 14.4 million units of whole blood collected annually, a majority (about two-thirds) of the four million whole blood-derived platelet concentrates are discarded. Many blood banks are replacing this valuable resource with much more expensive single donor (apheresis) platelets. Yet there is no medical requirement or clear need to do so. Today Pall Corporation (NYSE: PLL) is working closely with leading blood banks to change this outdated practice. They are adopting Palls Acrodose™ PL System to efficiently increase the availability of safe platelets for transfusion by making use of the abundant resource of whole blood-derived platelets.

The margin between supply of blood products and demand is smaller than it has ever been. With more stringent screening procedures and donor restrictions along with an aging population, this margin is forecasted to decrease each year. As the donor pool continues to shrink, the risk of blood shortages to our nation increases. Since the U.S. blood supply is dependent on the generosity of volunteer donors, experts urge using their valuable contribution more wisely. This means applying technology that allows blood banks to not waste important blood resources. Several patients can benefit from a single unit of donated whole blood with up to four blood components derived from each unit. The Acrodose PL System provides a new approach to efficiently use whole blood to make safe platelets more readily available.

The resulting AcrodoseSM Platelet is an innovative product that can provide significant advantages over single-donor platelets and other whole blood-derived platelet products. Acrodose Platelets are leukocyte (white blood cell) reduced, matched for blood type and tested for bacteria using a sensitive culture-based system, the same type of state-of- the-
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Contact: Marybeth Nibley
marybethn@bycommunications.com
973-746-8183
Pall Corporation
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