BloodWatch Strongly Condemns Federal Approval Of Private Paid-Plasma Clinics

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by webmaster

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

Posted on: March 13th, 2017 by webmaster

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

Posted on: March 13th, 2017 by webmaster

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 […]


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

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 by webmaster

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

Posted on: January 17th, 2017 by webmaster

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

Posted on: January 2nd, 2017 by webmaster

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

Posted on: December 30th, 2016 by webmaster

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.


CTV Alberta Prime Time: Debating Paid-Plasma Clinics

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 by webmaster

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

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 by webmaster

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

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 by webmaster

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

Posted on: September 14th, 2016 by webmaster

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 http://www.BloodWatch.org. Canadian […]


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

Posted on: September 14th, 2016 by webmaster

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 […]


STOP PLASMA FOR PROFIT

Posted on: September 13th, 2016 by webmaster

Stop the export of Canadian blood for profit. Every policy has a story. This is our Canadian story. Watch our video. 


Huffington Post – Stop For-Profit Blood Clinics, Doctors Urge

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by webmaster

Introducing a paid-donor system for blood products could compromise Canada’s blood supply and is not justified, a group of physicians says. The chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare said she was shocked by the news that a company in Ontario was planning to pay for plasma. “The critical issue here is opening up our blood […]


Friends of Medicare – Alberta can and should ban pay-for-plasma

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by webmaster

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) aren’t doing their job, so it’s time the Alberta government steps in. Canadian Blood Services are in the news again. You might have seen the concerns raised over the private pay-for-plasma clinic opening in Saskatchewan. Well now CBS are going one step further, suggesting that “competition” may require them to also […]


Global News: Pay for plasma: The economics behind paid and unpaid systems

Posted on: August 8th, 2016 by webmaster

The debate over paid plasma can be complex, as is the conversation about what impact it could have on supply. A pay-for-plasma clinic recently opened in Saskatoon where people are given $25 credit cards in exchange for a donation, and there have been conversations across the country over the implications of these kinds of clinics. […]