PPTA Reacts to Huffington Post Article

An article published on April 15 by The Huffington Post details a plasma donor’s experience in light of health precautions caused by the spread of COVID-19. The Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA), our members, and our patient stakeholder partners all agree, as do authorities across the United States and European Union, that plasma donors and plasma donation center staff are essential parts of our expansive health care infrastructure, especially during these difficult times.

Plasma donors save lives, and the health and safety of donors, donation center staff, patients, and their respective communities are the top priority of PPTA and our member companies. Donating plasma is safe, though additional safety measures have been instituted at donation centers across the U.S. and have evolved over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic as new information has become known. Centers have taken extra steps in recent weeks to further ensure the safety of donors and employees.

PPTA is grateful for the acknowledgement from so many national and local authorities that plasma donation is essential. We are working in close partnership with patient stakeholder groups in the U.S. and around the world to advocate for the safety of donors and donation center staff by urging that donation centers be prioritized as health care entities that should receive masks and other personal protective equipment materials so that donors can continue safely donating plasma.

PPTA encourages everyone to contact Alex M. Azar, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, at secretary@hhs.gov and tell him that plasma donors and donation center staff are essential for our health care infrastructure and should be prioritized as groups that should receive masks and other personal protective equipment.

To learn more about the diseases treated by access to therapies derived from plasma, and to read stories from patients and plasma donors, please visit www.HowIsYourDay.org.

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