Current Status, Quebec
January 16, 2017
Maclean’s publishes an expose on “Policy laundering” behind blood brokers In Canada. Read the Maclean’s article.
Update December 21, 2016 – BREAKING:
Canadian Blood Services Says Paid Plasma Clinics Are Harming Voluntary Donations
CEO of CBS speaks out against private-paid plasma clinics. Confirms that they harm the voluntary donor base in Saskatchewan where the private clinic set-up.
PLEASE READ CBC’s national news story here.
Canadian Blood Services has confirmed that they will not purchase plasma product from Canadian Plasma Resources or their affiliates.
Quebec has had a law in their civil code since 1994 that prevents the private for-profit sale of blood, plasma or any other human tissue. They operate their own public blood system called Héma-Québec. Héma-Québec has implemented a public voluntary plasma collection strategy to work towards self-sufficiency called Plasmavie. They are retaining donors under a public model just fine! Wow!
Thank you Quebec – you sure do make us proud to be Canadian!
La Société Canadienne du Sang a confirmé qu’elle n’achètera aucun des produits de plasma en provenance de Canadian Plasma Resources ou d’une de ses sociétés affiliées.
Depuis 1994, le code civil du Québec interdit la vente à titre lucratif de sang, de plasma ou de tout autre tissu humain par une compagnie privée. Le Québec a développé son propre système public de collecte de sang, Héma-Québec. Cet organisme a mis sur pied Plasmavie, une stratégie publique de dons volontaires de plasma qui œuvre à assurer l’autosuffisance en plasma. Ils ont réussi à fidéliser les donneurs dans le cadre d’un modèle public! Hou la la!
Merci Québec – grâce à vous, nous sommes fiers d’être Canadiens!
News and Media, Quebec
CBC News: New Brunswick MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor, named Canada’s minister of health in a cabinet shuffle Monday
August 29th, 2017 | ‘A lot I can bring to the table’: 2nd New Brunswick MP joins Trudeau cabinet Ginette Petitpas Taylor, MP for Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe, named health minister in cabinet shuffle. New Brunswick MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor, named Canada’s minister of health in a cabinet shuffle Monday, says she will draw on her social work experience […]
The Globe and Mail: Ottawa approved for-profit plasma clinic despite warning from Canadian Blood Services
August 25th, 2017 | The Globe and Mail (includes correction) Published Tuesday, Aug. 01, 2017 9:26PM EDT Canadian Blood Services told the federal government in January that the voluntary blood-donation system could be at risk if for-profit plasma collection is allowed to proliferate – six months before Health Canada gave a green light to the country’s third paid plasma […]
The Globe and Mail: Blood agency seeking $855-million in funding to boost plasma supply, document reveals
August 25th, 2017 | The Globe and Mail Published Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 5:00AM EDT Canadian Blood Services is seeking $855-million over seven years to significantly boost the amount of plasma it collects from unpaid donors to make medications, according to a confidential document that summarizes the full cost of the effort. The national blood authority sent the provincial, […]
April 24th, 2017 | BloodWatch strongly condemns federal approval of a private for-profit paid-plasma collection business in Moncton, New Brunswick. Canadian Blood Services issued a stark warning in December of 2016 stating that private paid-plasma operations are harming the voluntary blood system in Saskatchewan, putting our national voluntary blood system at risk. Read the full statement.
March 13th, 2017 | Private companies that pay individuals for providing blood or plasma will be banned from operating in Alberta, under proposed new legislation from the NDP government. Bill 3, the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, was introduced Monday afternoon in the legislature by Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. Read the full Edmonton Sun article.
March 13th, 2017 | The changes are included in the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, introduced Monday in the legislature by Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. “Donating blood should not be viewed as a business venture, but as a public resource that saves lives every day,” said Hoffman. She said Bill 3 will protect Alberta’s voluntary blood donation system by preventing […]
February 1st, 2017 | Health Minister Jane Philpott Shows Signs Of “Reconsidering” Blood Policy Decision. Health Minister Jane Philpott, who has in the past expressed cautious support for paid plasma, said in a statement Tuesday that she has asked Health Canada to “carefully assess” Dr. Sher’s concerns about the Saskatoon clinic’s effect on the voluntary blood-collection system. “CBS has, […]
Maclean’s Authors: Anne Kingston – What a blood plasma-for-profit clinic means for public heath care
January 17th, 2017 | January 14, 2017 – The federal government has quietly approved a plasma-for-profit clinic in Saskatoon, drawing fiery criticism from politicians, scientists and patients Three days before Christmas 2016, jingly seasonal music fills the air at Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) in Saskatoon, located in a non-descript building in a quiet industrial stretch. In one direction, a […]
December 30th, 2016 | CEO of CBS speaks out against private-paid plasma clinics. Confirms that they harm the voluntary donor base in Saskatchewan where the private clinic set-up. PLEASE READ CBC’s national news story here.
September 13th, 2016 | Stop the export of Canadian blood for profit. Every policy has a story. This is our Canadian story. Watch our video.
August 16th, 2016 | We’re happy to announce that SumOfUs.org, the amazing online campaign platform, is profiling BloodWatch on their site. Check it out and SIGN THE PETITION: Ban for-profit donor-paid plasma collection in Canada. SumOfUs.org is a new world-wide movement for a better global economy. Here’s what they stand for: Governments that answer to citizens – not corporations Fair […]
August 11th, 2016 | Héma-Québec established PLASMAVIE to strengthen its own supply of plasma and reduce its reliance on imported products. The centre is dedicated exclusively to the collection of plasma via apheresis donation, a technique that takes only the desired components from a donor’s blood. Plasma can be donated every six days, and the procedure collects a greater […]
August 11th, 2016 | Héma-Québec’s mission is to efficiently provide adequate quantities of safe, optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and cord blood to meet the needs of all Quebecers; to provide and develop expertise along with specialized and innovative services and products in the fields of transfusion medicine and human tissue transplantation. Héma-Québec encompasses 1,300 employees, over 300,000 […]
August 11th, 2016 | Héma-Québec a pour mission de répondre avec efficience aux besoins de la population québécoise en sang et ses dérivés, en tissus humains, en sang de cordon, en lait maternel et en produits cellulaires sécuritaires et de qualité optimale; développer et offrir une expertise et des services spécialisés et novateurs dans le domaine des produits biologiques […]
August 10th, 2016 | Héma-Québec a pour mission de répondre avec efficience aux besoins de la population québécoise en sang et ses dérivés, en tissus humains, en sang de cordon, en lait maternel et en produits cellulaires sécuritaires et de qualité optimale; développer et offrir une expertise et des services spécialisés et novateurs dans le domaine des produits biologiques […]