Plasma can only be obtained from human donors, making it a limited resource. As an eligible donor, you have an opportunity to contribute lifesaving source plasma to those in need.
plasma donations to treat one person living with a primary immune deficiency
plasma donations to treat one person living with an Alpha-1 deficiency
plasma donations to treat ONE Hemophilia patient
Why you should donate
Plasma-derived medicines are often the only therapies for many rare and chronic diseases. By becoming a donor, you increase the chances of regular access to plasma medicines for those in need, contributing to the improvement of health outcomes for patients.
As you can save people’s live the question to me is why would you not donate rather than why do you donate
The treatments we get are life changing and I don’t use the word life changing lightly
Am I eligible?
You will need to visit a plasma collection center to determine your eligibility as a donor. However, here is the list of general requirements:
Donation step by step
Become a part of a life-saving journey that plasma takes from a dedicated donor to the thousands of patients who depend on plasma protein therapies to lead healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives.
Check in at reception
Donor checks in at reception. It is important to present your government-issued ID with proof of current address.
Fill out the questionnaire
The donor is asked to fill out a donor history questionnaire. This step applies to new donors only and takes just a few minutes.
The donor undergoes health screening, and initial blood screening to be checked against the National Donor Deferral Registry.
Through plasmapheresis, plasma is separated from the other blood components that are then returned to the donor.
Each plasma donation is then assigned a unique ID to ensure traceability.
Schedule the next meeting
The donor needs to return to the plasma center for the second screening within six months before getting the Qualified Donor status.
Find a donation cenTER
Locate your nearest plasma center by entering a city or a postal code of your area in the search bar below:
What is plasma?
Plasma is the straw-colored liquid portion of blood made up of water, salts, and proteins. For more information on plasma, click here.
What are plasma proteins?
Plasma contains numerous proteins which are essential for the body to function properly. Some plasma proteins include:
- Alpha-1 Proteinase Inhibitor (protects the lungs)
- C1 Esterase Inhibitor (helps regulate inflammation)
- Clotting or Coagulation Factors (control bleeding)
- Immunoglobulins or "Antibodies" (control the immune system and prevent illness)
What are plasma protein therapies?
Plasma protein therapies are medicines made from donated plasma. For more information on plasma protein therapies, click here.
Plasma protein therapies are sometimes referred to as plasma-derived therapies, fractionated plasma products, blood products, or plasma-derived medicinal products (PDMPs).
What do plasma protein therapies treat?
Plasma protein therapies treat a variety of chronic and life-threatening medical conditions, many times caused by insufficient levels of any one plasma protein. Some conditions include:
- Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency – patients have chronic emphysema and liver damage
- Hereditary Angioedema – patients experience severe swelling; can be fatal if airway is obstructed
- Bleeding Disorders – patients cannot regulate bleeding; can be fatal if bleeding occurs in brain or vital organs
- Immunodeficiency Diseases – patients are chronically ill from severe, persistent, recurrent infections
- Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy – patients experience progressive weakness, loss of limb function, and disability
How are plasma protein therapies made?
The production of plasma protein therapies begins with donated plasma from healthy individuals. Plasma donations are pooled, and then individual proteins are extracted through a process called fractionation. For more details on plasma donation and the complex manufacturing process, click here.