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BloodWatch Strongly Condemns Federal Approval Of Private Paid-Plasma Clinics

BloodWatch strongly condemns federal approval of a private for-profit paid-plasma collection business in Moncton, New Brunswick. Canadian Blood Services issued a stark warning in December of 2016 stating that private paid-plasma operations are harming the voluntary blood system in Saskatchewan, putting our national voluntary blood system at risk. Read the full statement. 

BREAKING: Alberta government unveils plan to ban private blood collection agencies

Private companies that pay individuals for providing blood or plasma will be banned from operating in Alberta, under proposed new legislation from the NDP government. Bill 3, the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, was introduced Monday afternoon in the legislature by Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. Read the full Edmonton Sun article.

BREAKING: Alberta introduces legislation to ban donating blood, plasma for profit

The changes are included in the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, introduced Monday in the legislature by Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. “Donating blood should not be viewed as a business venture, but as a public resource that saves lives every day,” said Hoffman. She said Bill 3 will protect Alberta’s voluntary blood donation system by preventing […]

Press Release: Safe Blood Advocates Laud Alberta Government For Paid-Plasma Ban

Contact: Borjana Dedoevic 647.802.2443 / Download Press Release as PDF Safe Blood Advocates Laud Alberta Government For Paid-Plasma Ban: BloodWatch commends Minister Hoffman and the Alberta Government for bringing forth legislation that protects the security and integrity of the public blood system by banning for profit paid-plasma. Our pan-Canadian voluntary system is integral to […]

The Globe and Mail: Canadian Blood Services calls for funding to boost plasma donations

Health Minister Jane Philpott Shows Signs Of “Reconsidering” Blood Policy Decision. Health Minister Jane Philpott, who has in the past expressed cautious support for paid plasma, said in a statement Tuesday that she has asked Health Canada to “carefully assess” Dr. Sher’s concerns about the Saskatoon clinic’s effect on the voluntary blood-collection system. “CBS has, […]

Maclean’s Authors: Anne Kingston – What a blood plasma-for-profit clinic means for public heath care

January 14, 2017 – The federal government has quietly approved a plasma-for-profit clinic in Saskatoon, drawing fiery criticism from politicians, scientists and patients Three days before Christmas 2016, jingly seasonal music fills the air at Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) in Saskatoon, located in a non-descript building in a quiet industrial stretch. In one direction, a […]

Global NEWS: Canadian Blood Services suffers decrease in donations

The Canadian Blood Services in Saskatoon has seen a decrease in donations this year. They’re behind their target for 2016 and suggest it’s due to competition with a private plasma clinic. Stu Gooden has the details. The clinic, located on Emerson Avenue, is collecting 126 fewer units of blood per month. They’ve also seen about […]

BREAKING – Canadian Blood Services Says Paid Plasma Clinics Are Harming Voluntary Donations

CEO of CBS speaks out against private-paid plasma clinics. Confirms that they harm the voluntary donor base in Saskatchewan where the private clinic set-up. PLEASE READ CBC’s national news story here.

The Todd Veinotte Show – Why private blood plasma is a terrible step for the safety

December 18, 2016 Executive Director and CoFounder of Kat Lanteigne is on to discuss her group’s opposition towards the opening of a plasma collection clinic in New Brunswick. Listen to the Todd Veinotte Show – Episode 119, the interview on why private blood plasma is a terrible step for the safety and integrity of […]

CBC News New Brunswick: Need for blood donors rises with eligibility changes

Canadian Blood Services tries to expand donor base now that women can’t give blood as often. Canadian Blood Services says it must find 450 new donors a month in New Brunswick because of changes in donor eligibility rules. Starting Dec. 10, women will have to wait at least 12 weeks between blood donations. The interval […]

CTV Alberta Prime Time: Debating Paid-Plasma Clinics

Plasma can be used to make treatments for patients with medical condition like bleeding disorders. The donation process takes about an hour and a half. A company called Canadian Plasma Resources offers $25 per donation. The company recently opened the clinic in Saskatoon, and is expanding within Canada. Advocates against the practice want the company […]

Medicine Hat News: Look to Canada’s history for why we need to be careful with blood supply

Canada’s tainted blood scandal in the 1980s is a distant memory for some and beyond memory for others. That is exactly why we need to be reminded of it and ensure it does not happen again. More than three decades ago about 30,000 Canadians were infected with HIV and hepatitis C as a result of […]

Lethbridge Herald: Protection called for blood system

Canada’s donor-based blood service should not be taken over by an American-style, for-profit industry. That’s the warning being sounded across the nation by the BloodWatch advocacy group. Its spokesperson, Kat Lanteigne, brought the message to Lethbridge this week, at a meeting organized by Friends of Medicare. While Alberta has taken no action to safeguard Canada’s […]

Medicine Hat News: Canadians will lose out big time with for-profit plasma, Hatters told

The lives of Canadians will be at risk if for-profit companies that pay people to give blood are allowed to operate, a Medicine Hat audience was told Tuesday night. Private plasma clinics will not benefit Albertans but will create competition for blood plasma which we will not have access to, says Kat Lanteigne of Canadian […]

Medicine Hat News Guest Column: Blood supplies across Canada must be safeguarded

Private blood brokers are trying to secure a stake in Canada’s blood system in order to make a profit off of our blood plasma and it is putting Canadian lives at risk. Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) was recently banned from operating in Ontario (Quebec has banned the sale of blood and plasma since 1994). CPR […]