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Some argue for more transparency in donated blood sales

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HONOLULU (AP) - The nonprofit Blood Bank of Hawaii brought in about $20.9 million in revenue in 2013 from selling donated blood, a practice in place by many similar organizations nationwide.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Blood Bank of Hawaii president and CEO Kim-Anh Nguyen says almost 80 percent of the income in 2013 went toward maintaining an expensive practice that most hospitals can't afford to do themselves.

Minneapolis-based HemaVista is a consultant and supplier for hospitals. Its founder and chief executive officer says more people should know that the blood they donate is sold rather than donated, and that there should be more oversight of this multimillion-dollar industry.

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