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Monday, February 25, 2013

Blood Money Reducing Canadian Plasma Supply Safety?

Canadians Now Receive Blood Money?

Despite a report citing US payment for blood being a major contributing factor in the 1990's tainted blood products travesty, two Canadian firms are now paying people for their plasma. Questions are now being raised about how Canada's plasma supply will be affected.

Krever Inquiry Suggests Paid Blood Dangerous

The Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada,known as the Krever Inquiry, was commissioned by the Federal Government in October 1993. Headed by Mr Justice Horace Krever, the Commission spent four years investigating the tainted blood tragedy, issuing its final report on 21 November 1997. Page 39 of the Krever Inquiry states:
Moreover, the U.S. practice of paying persons for their plasma increased the risk that persons in the high-risk groups would offer their plasma because they needed money. The U.S. practice of collecting plasma in prisons also increased the risk. The plasma collected in the United States and used in commercial concentrates was therefore more likely to be contaminated than that collected in Canada by the Red Cross from volunteers.

Who Pays for Canadian Blood? 

According to CBC, two firms have started paying people for plasma in Canada - Canadian Plasma Resources, and CanGene Plasma. While we could not find any indication of a payment system on the CanGene website, the Canadian Plasma Resources clearly states:
Yes! We have several options for you, including payment by direct deposit into your bank account, cheque, or prepaid Visa cards. Please check with us again in the future, as we will always be looking to add convenient payment methods.
Canadian Plasma Resources has three Ontario 'donation' locations - two in Toronto and one im Hamilton.

Canadian Blood Safety Poll 

With news of payment for Canadian Plasma, how will this affect your view of the safety of Canadian Plasma supply? Share your opinion with others in this Canadian Blood Safety Poll


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