Radio Canada International: Close for-profit blood clinics, urge advocates

Posted on: November 23rd, 2017 by webmaster

In 1997, an inquiry into a catastrophic tainted blood crisis concluded that people should not be paid for blood donations, yet the Canadian government is about to approve the opening of a third, private, for-profit clinic. The Canadian Health Coalition says it has obtained documents that show officials of the government’s own health department helped […]


Maclean’s: A bloody mess – The story behind paid plasma in Canada

Posted on: November 23rd, 2017 by webmaster

Anne Kingston November 22, 2017 Internal documents show Health Canada working hand-in-glove with a private company to push a donation model the Krever inquiry warned against. Has it failed in its role as regulator? In February 2016, Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) opened its first paid plasma collection centre in Saskatoon with a splashy media event […]


CBC News: New Brunswick MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor, named Canada’s minister of health in a cabinet shuffle Monday

Posted on: August 29th, 2017 by webmaster

‘A lot I can bring to the table’: 2nd New Brunswick MP joins Trudeau cabinet Ginette Petitpas Taylor, MP for Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe, named health minister in cabinet shuffle. New Brunswick MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor, named Canada’s minister of health in a cabinet shuffle Monday, says she will draw on her social work experience […]


The Globe and Mail: Ottawa approved for-profit plasma clinic despite warning from Canadian Blood Services

Posted on: August 25th, 2017 by webmaster

The Globe and Mail (includes correction) Published Tuesday, Aug. 01, 2017 9:26PM EDT Canadian Blood Services told the federal government in January that the voluntary blood-donation system could be at risk if for-profit plasma collection is allowed to proliferate – six months before Health Canada gave a green light to the country’s third paid plasma […]


The Globe and Mail: Blood agency seeking $855-million in funding to boost plasma supply, document reveals

Posted on: August 25th, 2017 by webmaster

The Globe and Mail Published Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 5:00AM EDT Canadian Blood Services is seeking $855-million over seven years to significantly boost the amount of plasma it collects from unpaid donors to make medications, according to a confidential document that summarizes the full cost of the effort. The national blood authority sent the provincial, […]


Radio Canada – L’opposition à une clinique privée de plasma sanguin gronde au Nouveau-Brunswick

Posted on: May 30th, 2017 by webmaster

Le Front commun pour la justice sociale du Nouveau-Brunswick, entre autres intervenants, s’oppose à l’ouverture d’une clinique de l’entreprise Canadian Plasma Resources à Moncton. Le fait que les cliniques de l’entreprise achètent le plasma sanguin dérange particulièrement les opposants. Le premier argument du Front commun est que le corps humain n’est pas à vendre. Le […]


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 […]