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BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 25 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4660

NHS unit price of blood is cut: Improvements in manufacturing and processing led to a cut in the cost of a bag of blood from £140 (€170; $215) to £130 in 2009-10, saving the NHS £20m , says NHS Blood and Transplant in its annual review ( The authority supplied almost two million units of blood to hospitals in England and north Wales last year at the same time as overseeing a 5% rise in the number of organ transplantations to 3706.

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