Our commitment to increasing plasma sufficiency in Canada

There is a looming threat to the supply of plasma needed to produce Ig for Canadian patients in the future. Today, the plasma supply is sufficient to meet demand, but demand is growing in Canada and globally. Countries need to do more to increase their sufficiency. Canadian Blood Services is responsible for plasma sufficiency in Canada, and we are currently developing plans to significantly increase our plasma collections.

Today, the amount of plasma we collect only meets only about 17 per cent of the need for intravenous immune globulins (IVIG), the plasma protein products in highest demand by patients. The remaining products we buy come from plasma donated by paid donors in the United States, which is not unique to Canada and ensures security of supply for patients. Without this system, patients who depend on these drugs would not have ready access to the therapies they need.

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