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 […]


The Star: Bills to safeguard blood, chemo drugs to be reintroduced in Ontario legislature

Posted on: August 6th, 2016 by webmaster

Ontario is taking aim once again at two pay-for-plasma clinics in Toronto, dusting off legislation to ban paid donations two weeks after Health Ministry inspectors swooped in to seize records at the facilities. The bill from Health Minister Eric Hoskins is being combined with another proposed law aimed at preventing another chemotherapy “under-dosing” scandal by […]


The Spectator’s view: Ontario is right to ban paid blood donations

Posted on: August 5th, 2016 by webmaster

So why is the Ontario government so insistent on not allowing payments to people for their blood and blood plasma? We’re already using imported products that have been bought and paid for, so why not allow Ontarians to reap the benefit instead of American citizens? Two reasons, and they’re both good. One is that trust […]


The Star: Blood for sale: A new low for the Canadian blood system

Posted on: August 5th, 2016 by webmaster

Two decades ago, 30,000 Canadians, recipients of blood and plasma products, were infected with HIV and hepatitis C. Some of the tainted blood was purchased from “blood brokers” whose supplies came from Arkansas prisons, L.A.’s “skid row” and Russian funeral homes. Confronted with a blood shortage and weighing the odds, Health Canada and the Canadian […]


The Star: Should federal and provincial regulators allow plasma-for-profit clinics to operate in Canada?

Posted on: August 5th, 2016 by webmaster

Permitting paid plasma collection by the private sector raises difficult questions. Will it be safe? Will a plasma-for-profit system prompt fewer volunteers to donate blood? Can parallel donor systems co-exist? And what are the risks of privatizing blood collection? There’s an ethical dimension, too. Because the clinics are located in inner-city neighbourhoods, where people welcome […]


CBC News: Blood donor payments to be outlawed in Ontario

Posted on: August 5th, 2016 by webmaster

The Ontario government says it will introduce legislation that prohibits payments for blood or plasma donations in the province. The issue of paying donors has been contentious ever since clinics began popping up last year — two in Toronto and one in Hamilton. The federal government has said it will respect any provincial and territorial […]


IPolitics: Ontario asks feds to delay approval for paid blood plasma donation clinics

Posted on: August 4th, 2016 by webmaster

Ontario is raising concerns about new clinics that would pay people to give blood plasma, saying Health Canada should delay any approvals until it has consulted the provinces and other groups. The prospect of three paid-donor blood plasma clinics being set up in the province is a cause for concern, Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews […]


The Globe and Mail: Company gives up on plan to open plasma clinics in Ontario

Posted on: August 4th, 2016 by webmaster

A private company that had been trying to open three plasma clinics in Ontario is giving up and leaving the province, saying the Liberal government’s determination to ban compensation for plasma donors has forced it to look elsewhere for a home. The chief executive officer of Canadian Plasma Resources says his company is in talks […]


The Star: Paid plasma donors approval could rest on Ontario government

Posted on: August 4th, 2016 by webmaster

It may ultimately be up to the province whether or not a Canadian company gets the go-ahead to open paid-plasma donor clinics in Toronto. The company, Canadian Plasma Resources, must overcome two regulatory hurdles before it can pay donors $20 for their plasma, a protein-rich liquid found in blood and manufactured into life-saving treatments. Health […]