The future of plasma in Canada
Plasma, just like whole blood, is a public resource that must be safeguarded for Canadians. There are no guarantees plasma donated to private companies will be used to help patients in Canada.
While paid and non-paid systems have coexisted in the U.S. for decades, we simply don’t know if that could work in Canada. We are increasingly concerned about the impact that for-profit plasma companies that pay their donors may have on Canada’s volunteer, non-paid donor base for blood and plasma.
Canadian Blood Services has always been responsible for ensuring 100 per cent security of the supply for plasma protein products for Canadian patients. The looming risk to the global plasma supply means we need to take action to ensure the security of supply.
In the coming months Canadian Blood Services will begin to significantly increase the amount of plasma we collect from Canadian donors for the production of plasma protein products, as per our voluntary, non-remunerated, publicly funded collections model.