Current Status, Saskatchewan
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
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]