PPTA Statements

In an article published September 14 by Time magazine describing the national conversation surrounding teachers’ salaries across the United States, a teacher in Versailles, Kentucky, is profiled for earning supplemental income by donating blood plasma twice a week. The Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) commends the teacher, Hope Brown, for her commitment to empowering the next generation of Americans with a quality education and for her dedication to supporting individuals who rely on access to lifesaving therapies derived from blood plasma donations. We are grateful for each of the donations provided by Hope Brown and every healthy, committed plasma donor.

To our big surprise representatives from the Romanian Competition Authority arrived at our offices in Brussels on June 26 and were joined by Belgian police and the Belgian Competition Authority. The investigators were interested to know whether there was a coordinated effort to restrict supply of immunoglobulin therapies to the Romanian market for the purposes of pressuring the government to exempt these therapies from the “claw back” tax. PPTA cooperated fully with the investigators.

The pharmaceutical industry represented by AESGP1, EFPIA2, EUCOPE3, EuropaBio4, Medicines for Europe and PPTA5 – henceforth referred to as ‘the pharmaceutical industry’ – generally welcomes the European Commission (EC)’s Proposal for a Regulation on HTA6. We understand the scope of the joint clinical assessments foreseen in the proposal is limited to medicinal products subject to the centralised marketing authorisation, and exempting generic, biosimilar and non-prescription medicines7

The article, “How Blood-Plasma Companies Target the Poorest Americans,” by H. Luke Shaefer and Analidis Ochoa, published in The Atlantic on March 15, was unfair to plasma donors as well as to individuals living with rare, genetic, and chronic diseases who rely on access to plasma protein therapies. Plasma donors are due our gratitude and respect, not sweeping negative characterizations.

Yesterday, a Congressional committee took an unprecedented step that limits access to innovative life-saving medications relied upon by thousands of patients living with rare diseases. The repeal of the Orphan Drug Tax Credit would have devastating effects for those facing chronic and genetic diseases, as it has proven to be essential to the development of hundreds of medicines, including plasma protein therapies.

Introduction
A recent publication in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal (published online on June 12, 2017) describes two individuals with bleeding disorders who were diagnosed with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD) (1). The authors of this scientific report have not established a causal link between the treatment with clotting factors and the development of sporadic CJD and concluded that “the occurrence of these cases may simply reflect a chance event in the context of systematic surveillance for CJD in large populations”.

The Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) is proud to support Rare Disease Day, an annual international event that seeks to raise awareness about rare diseases and the patients and families that are affected by a rare disease.

PPTA has viewed the documentary "Das Geschäft mit dem Blut" / "Le business du sang" that will air on Feb. 21, 2017 in Germany, France, and Belgium on ARTE TV. PPTA strongly objects to the content of the documentary because it is not factual and contains numerous inaccuracies and misinformation.

Updated Oct. 3, 2016

Recent scientific and public press reports have heightened awareness of the emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV) in the Americas1,2 and the causal relationship between prenatal ZIKV infection and microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects3,4.

April 22, 2016—The Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) stands together with the global primary immunodeficiency community to promote World PI Week, a global campaign aimed to raise awareness and improve diagnosis and treatment of PID.