Global News: Pay for plasma: Calls for and against it from those affected

Posted on: September 13th, 2016 by webmaster

Andrew Cumming is a hemophiliac who learned about two decades ago that he had been infected with HIV and Hepatitis C through tainted blood. “It was probably the most loathed and stigmatized disease that anyone had contemplated,” he said of life after his diagnosis. He said he was “gobsmacked” when he learned about Canadian Plasma […]

National Post: Would-be medical exec from Iran barred from Canada over alleged ties to Tehran’s nuclear program

Posted on: September 13th, 2016 by webmaster

TORONTO — An Iranian who invested more than $1-million in a Toronto-based medical company and was set to become its vice-president has been barred from Canada over his alleged links to Tehran’s nuclear program. The Canada Border Services Agency refused to issue a work permit to Ramin Fallah, 49, labeling him a security threat because […]

CBC FORUM: Should you be allowed to sell your plasma?

Posted on: September 13th, 2016 by webmaster

Critics, including the federal NDP, say paid blood donations are a step toward privatizing health care and could lead to another tainted blood scandal. In the 1980s, about 2,000 Canadians were infected with HIV and many thousands more were infected with hepatitis C from tainted blood products. The inquiry into the scandal pointed to paid blood donations as […]

Ottawa Citizen: Blood must remain a public resource

Posted on: August 16th, 2016 by webmaster

Kat Lanteigne’s opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen: The debate over whether to pay people for their plasma is not a scientific one. It is about whether or not the people of B.C. want to allow private blood brokers to take over the role of Canadian Blood Services (CBS). Paid is private, meaning that the […]

CBC News: Paid plasma in Canada: 10 things to know about the business of blood

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

While blood looks red, its largest component is a clear, liquid gold known as plasma — what’s left after red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and other components are removed. And it’s worth a lot of money. Here are 10 things to know about the pay-for-plasma landscape in Canada (…) This is a business […]

CBC News: Paying for blood plasma raises new questions

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

Health Canada says private clinics may pay donors for plasma, but critics wonder what is behind the push for a major change in policy. (…) Was this the promised public consultation about whether Canadians are okay with the idea that a human blood fluid can be bought and sold? “It wasn’t public, it was a closed […]

The Globe and Mail: Paying donors for plasma: Have we forgotten about tainted blood?

Posted on: August 11th, 2016 by webmaster

Gobsmacked. That’s the only rational response to news that a) a private company plans to set up shop in Toronto to buy blood plasma and; b) it is perfectly legal for them to do so. Have we already forgotten the tainted-blood tragedy – a debacle that left more than 20,000 Canadians infected with HIV and […]

The Star Editorial: Ontario is right to ban paid donations of blood plasma

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by webmaster

Blood is a sensitive topic in Canada, and rightly so. About 30,000 Canadians were unknowingly infected with HIV and hepatitis C during the 1980s from tainted blood and plasma they had been assured was safe. Thousands of lives were cut short. Infected blood, purchased from disreputable sources, including derelicts on U.S. skid rows, was at […]

The Star: Ontario pulls the plug on pay-for-blood clinics

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by webmaster

Ontario is moving to slam the door shut on pay-for-blood clinics before they even open up for business. Health Minister Deb Matthews said Friday that proposed legislation will be introduced in early spring that will stop Canadian Plasma Resources from opening up shop in Toronto and Hamilton. “They haven’t started up business yet so that […]

The Star: Hemophilia Ontario opposed to paid plasma clinics

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by webmaster

If Ontario does allow the for-profit model, McCarthy worries it will open the floodgates for similar clinics in other provinces. “There’s almost a point of no return if we introduce this type of model into Ontario,” says McCarthy. “It will create huge pressures for other provinces to feel compelled to have to join in because […]

Minister Matthews’ Letter to Provincial and Territorial Colleagues to Preserve the Integrity of the Voluntary Blood and Plasma Donation System

Posted on: August 6th, 2016 by webmaster

Following the tainted blood scandal of the 1980s and the Krever Commission, Canada’s national blood system was established on the principle of voluntary donation through an agreement by the federal, provincial and territorial governments. That’s why I’m writing today to outline the steps our government is taking to prohibit the operation of private paid plasma […]

Toronto Sun: Health minister to block paid blood donations

Posted on: August 6th, 2016 by webmaster

Ontario’s health minister is vowing to stamp out business that pays donors for blood and plasma, making an enemy of blood money. Deb Matthews says she’ll crack down on any payments she says threaten the supply’s integrity by siphoning donors to private clinics. “We don’t allow the sale of eggs, sperm, body parts and we […]

The London Free Press: Canadian Plasma Resources plans to sue to recover $7.5M investment if proposed ban on paying for plasma passes

Posted on: August 6th, 2016 by webmaster

If Ontario’s health minister pushes through a ban on private clinics that collect blood and plasma, a GTA company says it will sue to recover nearly $7.5 million it’s already invested. The head of Canadian Plasma Resources, Barzin Bahardoust, had hoped to avoid a legal fight, but if Deb Matthews gets her way, he said […]

The Star: Blood agency would turn us into stop ‘n’ shops

Posted on: August 6th, 2016 by webmaster

The CBC reports that the company tried to open clinics in Toronto in 2014, and when Ontario legally banned paying donors, it headed to Saskatchewan, where it was welcomed. It has hired lobbyists to try to persuade other provinces to let it in. Plasma, the company explains, “is the straw-coloured liquid portion of blood.” Hey, […]

The Globe and Mail: It’s beyond time for a clear policy on paying donors for plasma

Posted on: August 6th, 2016 by webmaster

Canadian Plasma Resources, having failed miserably with its plan to pay plasma donors in Toronto, has now set up shop in Saskatoon. Why Saskatchewan – or any other province, for that matter – would align itself with a company that has a controversial history and business plan is odd, especially given Canada’s painful history with […]

CTV News: Ontario bill proposes ban on paying for blood, blood plasma

Posted on: August 6th, 2016 by webmaster

Ontario plans to join Quebec in banning payments to people for their blood and blood plasma after a paid-plasma clinic in Toronto opened its doors to donors. The governing Liberals re-introduced legislation Wednesday that also incorporates recommended changes to pharmacy oversight after more than 1,200 cancer patients in Ontario and New Brunswick received diluted chemotherapy […]