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FDA Approves Product for Treating Blood-Forming Disorders

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SILVER SPRING, Md.) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an umbilical cord blood product for use in treating patients who require hematopoietic stem cell transplant procedures, according to a report in Medpage Today.

FDA officials say the product "Hemacord" is the first of its kind, and will be used to treat patients with disorders affecting the blood-forming system.

"The use of cord blood hematopoietic progenitor cell therapy offers potentially life-saving treatment options for patients with these types of disorders," Dr. Karen Midthun, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in a statement.

The use of Hemacord, manufactured by the New York Blood Center, should be monitored closely, according to the FDA. Risks associated with the product include graft-versus-host disease, engraftment syndrome, graft failure, and infusion reactions.

FDA officials say Hemacord will be used in treating patients suffering from blood cancer and inherited metabolic and immune system disorders.

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