Minister Jim Reiter

Relevant Quotes:

“It’s a simplistic argument to say Canadians shouldn’t be paid for their plasma donations when we rely heavily on donors - they just happen to not be Canadians right now.” - Minister Dustin Duncan

“We're pleased that they have chosen to establish their first clinic in Saskatchewan.” - Minister Dustin Duncan

Current Status, Saskatchewan

BREAKING:

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.

*Please note, a new Health Minister has just been appointed in Saskatchewan. We are seeking clarification on Saskatchewan’s position since the plasma currently collected in Saskatoon by Canadian Plasma Resources will not be used for the people of Saskatchewan.*

Minister Duncan welcomed Canadian Plasma Resources into Saskatchewan after they had been banned in Ontario. There was no public consultation. Currently, the plasma that Canadian Plasma Resources collects cannot be used as they do not have a buyer in Canada.

Canadian Blood Services is the only buyer for plasma-based medications (outside of Quebec) and have asserted that they have nothing to do with CPR nor will they buy plasma from them.
Minister Duncan supports private paid plasma but admits he does not know where the plasma collected by CPR will go.

We have asked repeatedly for The Government of Saskatchewan to revoke the provincial license granted to CPR. Since CPR’s plasma will not be used for Canadians, it will either have to be destroyed or sold on the international market which does not benefit Canadians or Canadian patients.

If Canadian Blood Services was collecting instead of CPR, the plasma would be guaranteed to save the life of a Canadian. This is what we are fighting for. Organizations throughout Saskatchewan have been vocal in opposition to the private clinics. Please see our WHO IS AGAINST PAID PLASMA page.

News and Media, Saskatchewan

BloodWatch Strongly Condemns Federal Approval Of Private Paid-Plasma Clinics

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. 


BREAKING: Alberta government unveils plan to ban private blood collection agencies

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.


BREAKING: Alberta introduces legislation to ban donating blood, plasma for profit

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 […]


The Globe and Mail: Canadian Blood Services calls for funding to boost plasma donations

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 […]


BREAKING – Canadian Blood Services Says Paid Plasma Clinics Are Harming Voluntary Donations

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.


STOP PLASMA FOR PROFIT

September 13th, 2016 | Stop the export of Canadian blood for profit. Every policy has a story. This is our Canadian story. Watch our video. 


SIGN THE PETITION! Ban for-profit donor-paid plasma collection in Canada on SumOfUs.org

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 […]


CBC News: Shut down Saskatoon pay-for-plasma blood clinic, NDP urges health minister

August 15th, 2016 | NDP health critic Don Davies is calling on Health Minister Jane Philpott to close the country’s first paid-donor blood clinic in Saskatoon. “Blood must always be considered a public resource, not a private one for exploitation and profit,” Davies told reporters in Ottawa Monday. Canadian Plasma Resources opened its doors on Feb. 18 and plans […]


CBC News: Plan to pay plasma donors $25 worries Saskatchewan doctor

August 15th, 2016 | Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR), a company that pays for plasma donations, is hoping to set up a shop in Saskatoon. It’s controversial, and has some people raising concerns. The plasma is used for manufacturing drugs known as plasma protein products. The most controversial part is that CPR pays people who donate. The practice was banned […]


Global News: Controversial plasma collection clinic now open in Saskatoon

August 15th, 2016 | 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.

August 9th, 2016 | 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

August 9th, 2016 | 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

August 9th, 2016 | 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

August 9th, 2016 | 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

August 2nd, 2016 | “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 […]


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