CBC News: Canadian Blood Services won’t rule out paying plasma donors

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

Canadian Blood Services, the agency that oversees the national supply of blood and blood products, says it wants to collect more plasma from Canadians, and CEO Graham Sher won’t rule out the contentious possibility of paying donors. Although Sher said he would prefer to expand plasma collection using voluntary donors, he said it’s not clear […]


The Coast: For-profit plasma clinics exploit blood for profit say NDP

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

Blood is becoming big business in Canada and Nova Scotian veins could be tapped next. The privately-owned Canadian Plasma Resources has met with provincial government officials in Nova Scotia about opening pay-for-plasma clinics in this province. Canadian Plasma Resources’ CEO confirmed to the NDP that the Liberal government is supportive of the idea. Dave Wilson, […]


NovaNewsNow: For-profit blood collection a slippery slope

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

There are times we think health care should be taken out of the hands of politicians, and placed in the hands of…well, that’s a problem, isn’t it. We could suggest doctors as the proper shepherds for our health system, but there aren’t enough of them and they should all be too busy. We could offer […]


CBC News: Canadian Plasma Resources pays for donations, eyes Maritime expansion

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

A company that pays for plasma donations in Saskatchewan is hoping to open locations in the Maritimes, but some organizations argue Canada shouldn’t allow people to be compensated for donating blood products. Canadian Plasma Resources, which uses plasma in the production of pharmaceuticals, opened in Saskatoon in February. Its practice of giving people a $25 […]


Localxpress: Glavine: No need to proclaim act targeting for-profit health services

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

The Liberal government is unlikely to proclaim a bill passed in 2012 by the NDP intended to guard against for-profit health-care services, despite pledging to do so during the last election campaign. Health Minister Leo Glavine said Bill 144, the Insured Health Services Act, designed to prevent public money from going to medical services provided […]


CTV News: Paying for plasma: Concerns raised about clinics that pay for blood products

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

The Nova Scotia NDP and an advocacy group for blood safety are pressing for a vote on the new Voluntary Blood Donations Act, or Bill 43. The proposed legislation would ban private, for-profit, pay-for-plasma clinics from opening in Nova Scotia. The national advocacy group BloodWatch says it’s important legislation. Bill 43 received a second reading, […]


Healthcare activists hold information picket on pay-for-plasma clinics

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

About 20 healthcare activists and Canadian Blood Services workers joined an information picket at Scotia Square in downtown Halifax this morning to protest the potential arrival of a private, for-profit blood supply system. Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR), a Saskatchewan company that pays plasma donors, has announced that it hopes to set up shop in Nova […]


The Chronicle Herald: Pay-for-plasma clinic may head to Nova Scotia

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

A company that recently opened up a controversial pay-for-plasma collection clinic in Saskatoon is looking to bring its services to Nova Scotia. Barzin Bahardoust, CEO of Canadian Plasma Resources, confirmed representatives from his company met with the Nova Scotia government about a year ago, and said the province has been supportive of the idea of […]


CBC Archives: Nova Scotia compensates victims for tainted blood

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

Until now, no one has ever received any compensation from a provincial government. Well today, Nova Scotia decided it will offer compensation. The province says it’s the matter of compassion. Nova Scotia has about a dozen people who would qualify for compensation. Other provinces with hundreds more now face a difficult decision. Watch the full […]


Say no to pay-for-plasma clinics!

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

The Nova Scotia Health Coalition is opposed to for-profit blood clinics due to the potential impact pay-for-plasma clinics have on the safety, security and supply of blood and plasma in the province and elsewhere. Health care is not a commodity to be bought and sold on the market. Send Health & Wellness Minister Leo Glavine […]


The Chronicle Herald: The seeds of another bloody scandal

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by webmaster

The current controversy in Nova Scotia about paying donors for blood has been fraught with misinformation. The public deserves to know the truth about what is happening in our country. I am a hemophiliac who has depended on safe blood products and was infected with hepatitis C from medicine manufactured with contaminated blood in 1984 […]


Metro News: Seeing red: Provincial health advocacy group expresses concern about for-profit plasma clinics

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by webmaster

A group that advocates for public health care is seeing red over concerns pay-for-plasma clinics could set up in the province. The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network sent a letter Monday to provincial health minister Leo Glavine expressing concerns and urging the province to pass legislation that would ban the sale of blood and […]


The Chronicle Herald: The seeds of another bloody scandal

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by webmaster

The current controversy in Nova Scotia about paying donors for blood has been fraught with misinformation. The public deserves to know the truth about what is happening in our country. I am a hemophiliac who has depended on safe blood products and was infected with hepatitis C from medicine manufactured with contaminated blood in 1984 […]