In order to offset the extraordinary challenges to the American Red Cross of South Carolina’s mission of collecting lifesaving blood and responding to disasters due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nephron Pharmaceuticals is generously donating $50,000 dollars to the organization.
This new partnership will help at this uniquely critical moment in our state and nation. The 2020 Hurricane Season has begun, and experts are predicting a very busy season with Hurricane Isaias already impacting our coast. As the American Red Cross of South Carolina works to prepare for disasters of any kind, this gift and partnership will help us meet the needs of the communities in South Carolina. We are also facing fewer blood donations nationwide even as we face exponential increases in operating costs. In South Carolina, 32 hospitals depend on that lifesaving blood being on the shelves and available to meet the need across our communities.
“This has been a very difficult time for everyone in South Carolina as we adapt to this COVID-19 environment and our team continues to work hard to respond to those in need across our state, ” said Rod Tolbert, the Regional CEO of the Red Cross of South Carolina. “We are so appreciative of Nephron Pharmaceuticals and their generous donation and commitment to partner with us to better are communities and make them more resilient. Partners, like Nephron Pharmaceuticals, are vital during this challenging time.”
“Nephron is proud of the role our team has been able to play on the front lines of the nationwide response to COVID-19,” said Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy. “In fact, we believe it is our obligation to step up and serve during times of crises, and we are grateful for another opportunity to serve through this partnership with the Red Cross.”
One of the most important things people can do right now during this public health emergency is to give blood. If you are healthy and feeling well, please make an appointment to donate as soon as possible by visiting RedCrossBlood.org. All donations are being tested for COVID19 Antibodies and we are encouraging those that have recovered from a confirmed case of COVID19 to consider donating Convalescent Plasma. You can also make a donation, of any size, to help the American Red Cross continue to deliver its lifesaving mission nationwide by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word CORONAVIRUS to 90999. These funds will help us make the urgent investments needed to ensure people can continue to turn to the Red Cross for help and hope—when it’s needed most.
About the Nephron Pharmaceuticals:
A West Columbia, S.C.-based company, Nephron develops and produces safe, affordable generic inhalation solutions and suspension products, including those used to treat severe respiratory distress symptoms associated with COVID-19. The company also operates an industry-leading 503B Outsourcing Facility division which produces pre-filled sterile syringes and IV bags for hospitals across America, in an effort to alleviate their drug shortage needs. Nephron fills the needs of patients and health care professionals as they arise nationwide, and recently opened a CLIA-certified diagnostics lab.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/SC or @RedCrossSC