PPTA Statements

Plasma donations remain disappointingly low through ongoing pandemic, risking patients’ lives

The Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) is aware of emerging reports regarding patients not having reliable access to lifesaving plasma-derived therapies used to treat a variety of serious, rare, and chronic conditions caused by missing or deficient proteins in their blood. While there could be many reasons for these access challenges, the fact remains that for most of these conditions, plasma is the only starting material for effective therapies.

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PPTA Responds to ProPublica Article

An article published by ProPublica on June 24 (“The U.S. Is Closing a Loophole That Lured Mexicans Over the Border to Donate Blood Plasma for Cash”) is the latest sensationalized reporting from ProPublica and ARD German TV reporters who continue to misrepresent and malign U.S. policies regarding plasma donation as well as the scores of committed individuals who cross the U.S.-Mexico border to donate their plasma. Tens of thousands of people safely donate their plasma every day in the U.S., with every donation directly contributing to helping nearly 125,000 Americans with serious and often life-threatening conditions live healthy and normal lives, as well as countless others facing trauma and emergency medical needs every day.

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Study Shows Immunoglobulin Therapy is “Critical and Cost-Effective” in Treating CVID

The journal publication, Immunoglobulin Replacement Therapy is critical and cost-effective in increasing life expectancy and quality of life in patients suffering from Common Variable Immunodeficiency Disorders (CVID): A health-economic assessment,” is authored by Professor Philippe van Wilder with the Université libre de Bruxelles and Professor Esther de Vries of Tilburg University and offers a health economic model to estimate the value of treatment with IG therapy for CVID patients.

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New position statement by CHMP regarding donor deferral criteria for sexual behaviour helps assessment of PMFs

The International Plasma and Fractionation Association  and the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association are pleased with the recent publication by the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) "CHMP Position statement on quality and safety assessment for the Plasma Master File (PMF) certification with regard to donor deferral criteria for sexual risk behaviour," as such a position was highly needed, especially regarding men-having-sex-with-men (MSM). It clarifies that the application of these nationally defined deferral periods will from now on also be considered when assessing appropriateness of locally collected plasma to be included in a PMF.

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Human Plasma Donations Remain Important During COVID-19 Pandemic

In a recent communication, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limits the collection and use of COVID-19 convalescent plasma authorized under Emergency Use Authorization for the treatment of hospitalized patients with COVID-19.1 It is important to note, however, that this development does not mean that the need for plasma donations has diminished.  Both normal source plasma donations, from healthy individuals, and convalescent plasma donations, from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, are still needed to fight COVID-19 and the many non-COVID-19 conditions (e.g., immune deficiencies and blood clotting disorders) for which plasma protein therapies are ordinarily used.

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PPTA Statement on Immunoglobulin Use to Meet Clinical Need

A recent publication1  explores possible reasons for the increased use of immunoglobulins (IG) and suggests growing clinical need can be met by restricting patient access to IG while denying the need to collect more plasma in Europe. With a global mission rooted in promoting the availability of, and access to, plasma-derived therapies for all patients who need them, the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) disagrees with these suggestions and remains dedicated to its long-standing commitment to supporting patients and to expanding plasma collection, particularly in Europe.

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PPTA Statement on the Inauguration of President Biden

The Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) and its member companies wish success to President Biden, Vice President Harris, and the dedicated public servants of their Administration as we join them to improve the health of all Americans.

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Yes, you can donate source plasma after getting the COVID vaccine

Recently, news outlets have suggested that people are not allowed to donate source plasma if they have received either of the two experimental COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the U.S. This is incorrect. Current guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that those who have received one of the available vaccines should not donate convalescent plasma. Healthy and eligible people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine are still encouraged to donate regular source plasma for further manufacture into plasma-derived therapies.

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PPTA Statement on Alberta’s Passing of the Voluntary Blood Donation Repeal Act

PPTA congratulates the province of Alberta for formally adopting the Voluntary Blood Donations Repeal Act, which repeals the existing ban on compensated plasma donation.  This landmark legislation allows the citizens of Alberta to join the millions of source plasma donors worldwide who receive a modest compensation for their commitment to providing the starting material for lifesaving therapies to treat the patients who need them. These therapies are relied upon by people facing rare, serious, and life-threatening conditions and are often the only treatment for this vulnerable population.

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PPTA Statement on the Urgent Need for Plasma Donation

COVID-19 continues to present a prolonged, global public health emergency, but PPTA remains steadfastly committed to its mission to promote the availability of — and access to — safe and effective plasma protein therapies for all patients. PPTA member companies operate more than 1,000 Source plasma donation centers in the U.S. and four countries in the European Union and manufacture plasma-derived therapies that treat patients with serious, rare, and often genetic diseases and disorders, including: primary immune deficiencies, bleeding disorders, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin deficiency, hereditary angioedema, and certain neurological conditions. These conditions are often only treated with therapies produced from plasma.

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