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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Paid Plasma Issues Round Table- Will Blood Money Endanger Supply?

Health Canada Round Table Examines Paid Plasma Potential Impact

Canadian blood supply safety concerns were raised in February when it was discovered two American firms expanded to Canada, and were being paying Candians when they 'donated' plasma.
Canadian blood donation, a highly branded factor in ensuring Canada's safe blood supply, was reinforced by the 1997 Kever Inquiry. Health Canada then invited key stakeholders in the Paid Plasma debate to a round table discussion to share their views on this issue, and decide next steps to be taken. Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health explained steps the Government of Canada is taking.
 'Canada has one of the safest blood systems in the world. However, we recognized that in the midst of the confusion and controversy around paid plasma donation, it was critical to hear what our key stakeholders had to say,' said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health,adding 'The security of our blood system is a top priority for Health Canada and its partners.'
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The federal, provincial and territorial governments, along with Canada's blood operators (Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec) are all partners in safeguarding Canada's blood system - considered by the World Health Organization as having the highest standards. The discussion brought together representatives from patient advocacy groups, academia, the blood products industry, provincial and territorial governments, Canadian Blood Services, Héma-Québec, Health Canada and other relevant government departments.

Paid Plasma Debate : What Will Be Done?

Health Minister Aglukkaq indicated paid plasma donation was a matter of national importance.
 'This meeting gave us the opportunity to hear from stakeholders so that we can respond to and clarify some of their concerns,' said Minister Aglukkaq, further explaining'We will gather today's valuable feedback and use it to determine our next steps. As the many of the concerns relate directly to compensation of plasma donors and this is an area of provincial and territorial jurisdiction I will be communicating with my colleagues to share the concerns of stakeholders.'

Plasma Compensation:When Will Canadian Public Be Heard?

February 25, we invited our readers to share their opinions in a Canadian Blood Safety Poll. However to have their opinions officially heard, Canadians,will need to wait for the summary report of the round table discussion to be posted on the Health Canada web site in the coming weeks., where they will be able to provide comments .

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

See Health Canada's website. for more information on plasma collection in Canada .

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