Global News: Controversial plasma collection clinic now open in Saskatoon

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by webmaster

A controversial new plasma collecting facility in Saskatoon has officially opened its doors. The state-of-the-art facility is being met with both criticism regarding safety and kudos from patient groups. Tens of thousands of patients across the country are estimated to rely on medicines manufactured from human plasma, one of the major components of blood. Read […]


Global News: CUPE: Ban private, paid-for plasma donations in Sask.

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by webmaster

A union representing more than 13,000 Saskatchewan health care workers says human tissue should not be “turned into a commodity to be bought and sold.” The Canadian Union of Public Employees says private, for-profit blood donor clinics should be banned in Saskatchewan. CUPE Saskatchewan president Tom Graham says government should promote and expand the voluntary […]


I Politics: Tainted blood survivors slam minister over private clinic

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by webmaster

Tainted blood survivors and activists joined NDP MPs in Ottawa Monday in demanding that federal Health Minister Jane Philpott close down Canada’s first private blood clinic and refrain from allowing more to open. At a press conference on Parliament Hill, Mike McCarthy, a former vice president of the Canadian Hemophilia Society and a tainted blood […]


Saskatoon Star Phoenix Opinion: Blood must remain a public resource

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by webmaster

Paid is private, meaning that the only goal of collecting plasma would be for a pharmaceutical company to make a profit off of Canadian blood. CBS was born from the deaths of thousands of Canadians because of the tainted blood crisis. This public blood system has been part of our social contract for almost twenty […]


Saskatchewan Health Coalition – The safety of our blood system is being jeopardized

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by webmaster

Advocates for blood safety and health care held a joint media conference earlier today calling on the federal government to revoke the license of Canadian Plasma Resources and implement the recommendations of the Krever Inquiry which called for blood and blood products to be collected from voluntary, non-renumerated donors. Read the full article on the Saskatchewan […]


Phoenix News: Here’s why your paid plasma donation in Saskatoon might not make it to Canadian Blood Services

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016 by webmaster

“There is nothing for us to buy from Canadian Plasma Resources,” Sher said. “And what we are doing is expanding our own plasma collections and we already have relationships with fractionators where our plasma goes and we bring the finished drugs back into Canada for distribution to patients.” In the event Canadian Plasma Resources did […]


CBC Radio: Critics worry Sask. for-profit plasma clinic could erode Canada’s blood supply

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016 by webmaster

Money for blood can be a controversial practice anywhere in the world, but especially so in Canada. Yet Saskatchewan is set to open the first for-profit plasma donation clinic in the country. The tainted blood scandal of the ’80s looms large over the discussion of paid-for donations after upwards of 30,000 Canadians were infected with […]


Metro News: NDP wants federal ban on plasma clinics that pay donors

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016 by webmaster

The federal NDP wants Ottawa to ban plasma clinics that pay donors, but the Saskatchewan health minister says he’s OK with plans for one in his province. New Democrat health critic Don Davies says he’s worried about safety. “We’ve been down this road before,” Davies said in an interview with The Canadian Press. Read the […]


CTV News: Saskatchewan nurses latest to oppose pay-for-plasma donation clinic

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016 by webmaster

Nurses are the latest group to join opposition to a private, for-profit plasma donor clinic in Saskatchewan. Tracy Zambory, president of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, has written a letter to federal Health Minister Jane Philpott that says nurses believe the clinic poses a serious safety risk to the blood supply. Canadian Plasma Resources opened […]


CTV News: Company that pays for blood donations opening first Sask. clinic

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016 by webmaster

A company that pays people for donating blood is about to open its first Saskatchewan clinic. Canadian Plasma Resources earlier tried to set up clinics in Toronto and Hamilton but the Ontario government moved to ban payment for blood, saying it would erode Canada’s voluntary blood collection system. However, the Saskatchewan government is welcoming the […]


Huffington Post: Why Saskatchewan Needs To Reject Paid Plasma Donations

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016 by webmaster

A start-up company is looking to establish a new business model in Saskatchewan. In worsening economic times, that might seem like great news. But if their business model is one that takes advantage of people’s poverty and may undermine voluntary blood donations, then the prospect is far less appealing. Last year Canadian Plasma Resources came […]


CBC News: Saskatoon’s pay-for-plasma clinic comes under fire in House of Commons

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016 by webmaster

On Monday, Philpott came under fire after NDP health critic Don Davies called on Health Canada to shut down Canadian Plasma Resources in Saskatoon. The clinic opened its doors last month offering $25 gift cards for every plasma donation. But a Saskatoon doctor isn’t convinced there’s a need for pay-for-plasma blood clinics and wonders whether […]


Financial Post: Blood money: Legislated out of Ontario, Canadian Plasma Resources courts controversy with Saskatoon clinic

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016 by webmaster

Blood plasma is the yellow fluid that remains once white and red blood cells and platelets are removed. It can be used in transfusions, although Canadian Plasma Resources is focused on providing plasma to make a variety of medical treatments, from helping people who have clotting disorders to some cancer medications. Critics say collecting plasma […]


Global News: Private blood clinic opponents campaigning in Ottawa

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016 by webmaster

A reception is being held on Parliament Hill Monday to seek the support of politicians to have Ottawa outlaw private blood clinics in Canada. The organizer is a group that advocates on behalf of tainted blood survivors and has launched bloodwatch.org. Members of “Blood Watch” are protesting Health Canada’s decision to license a private, for-profit, […]


The Star Phoenix: Federal NDP continues call to close Saskatoon plasma collection clinic, ban other pay clinics

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016 by webmaster

Closing the blood plasma collection clinic that opened last month in Saskatoon, and banning any others that pay donors, must be done in the name of safety and learning from the past, said the federal NDP’s health critic. “In the ’80s, roughly 30,000 Canadians were infected with Hepatitis and HIV because of a tainted blood […]


CBC News: Blood safety groups want Saskatoon plasma clinic’s licence pulled

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016 by webmaster

Groups advocating blood safety are calling on the federal government to stop the practice of compensating donors for giving blood. The Canadian Health Coalition and Bloodwatch.org held a joint news conference in Ottawa Tuesday. Both groups are calling on government to revoke the licence for Canadian Plasma Resources. Read the full article on the CBC […]