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 […]


MACLEAN’S Article: Should we pay for blood?

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

The question of blood-system safety remains a flashpoint in Canada, two decades after the “tainted blood” scandal of the late ’80s and early ’90s. More than 20,000 Canadians became infected with HIV and hepatitis C due to improperly screened blood and plasma from paid donors in Haiti and American skid rows. The tragedy led to […]


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: Why we shouldn’t pay Canadians to donate blood

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

In the early 1980s, more than 2,000 Canadians who received blood transfusions were infected with HIV and as many as 30,000 contracted Hepatitis C. This tragic scandal, and the Krever Inquiry that followed, resulted in the overhaul of our blood donation system to ensure the safety of any blood products. This made Canada one of […]


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

Posted on: August 12th, 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 […]


CBC News: Hold approval on paid blood plasma clinics, Ottawa urged

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

Impact on Canada’s voluntary blood system unclear. Health Canada should hold off on approving blood clinics that pay people for their plasma, Ontario’s health minister says. (…) Blood experts raised concerns about the “slippery slope” that could divert volunteer blood donors to the paid system. You can read the full article on the CBC News […]


The Globe and Mail: Dr. Richard Huntsman safeguarded Newfoundland’s blood supplies

Posted on: August 11th, 2016 by webmaster

“The tainted blood tragedy was a massive and deadly institutional failure but there were also some small acts of heroism that didn’t get recognized,” Globe and Mail public health reporter André Picard wrote in an e-mail. Mr. Picard is also author of The Gift of Death, a book about the tainted-blood scandal. “On a number […]


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

Posted on: August 4th, 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 […]