B.C. unclear over how Canadian Blood Services private plasma deal will affect donations – CBC

Province passed laws in 2018 to prohibit paying donors for blood, plasma

Sep 20, 2022

The B.C. government has not said how a deal struck between Canadian Blood Services and an international for-profit plasma provider will affect donations in the province, where being paid to donate blood or plasma is prohibited.

“The province looks forward to further discussions about additional actions to increase plasma sufficiency,” said a spokesperson from the Ministry of Health on Tuesday.

In 2018 B.C. passed the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, which prohibits organizations from paying donors.

It said the goal of the act was to “protect the public blood system from encroachment by the private sector; ensure that plasma collected from British Columbians was used to treat patients in Canada; and, to prevent private entities from exploiting an essential resource and the individuals who generously donate blood.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/canadian-blood-services-for-profit-plasma-bc-voluntary-blood-donations-act-1.6589324

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