Canadian Plasma Resources is now booking appointments at its new collection centre in Moncton.
In late April, the Canadian Press reported, “Canadian Plasma Resources CEO Barzin Bahardoust [says] they will use social media to attract about 30 donors, starting May 1, for the inspection period.”
Last week, CBC reported, “Health Canada inspectors will observe the company in operation before granting a federal licence to operate.”
The situation is urgent – Canadian Plasma Resources hopes to get final approval from Health Canada by early June.
To tell Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Health Minister Jane Philpott that you oppose for-profit plasma collection clinics, please go to this online action alert. By clicking on our action alert you can tell Trudeau and Philpott:
“I am calling on you and your department to deny the licence Canadian Plasma Resources needs to open a private, for profit plasma clinic in Moncton. Allowing this clinic would contravene the recommendations of the Krever Inquiry and it would harm volunteer donations collected by Canadian Blood Services. I support new federal legislation that would stop private, for profit companies like this from opening on a province-by-province basis. I call on you and your government to table and pass this legislation that would protect the health and safety of all Canadians, as well as the integrity of our voluntary blood and plasma collection system.”
The Trudeau government approved Canadian Plasma Resources opening the first private, for-profit plasma donation clinic in February 2016 in Saskatoon.
The CBC article notes, “The New Brunswick Health Coalition continues to ask Premier Brian Gallant to pass a law prohibiting payment for blood or plasma donations. Quebec and Ontario already forbid the clinics, which can sell their plasma on international markets. …[New Brunswick Health Minister Victor] Boudreau has indicated he’s not troubled by the blood-for-money scheme…”
Plasma is the largest single component of blood and contains over 700 proteins and other substances which are used to make medical products. These products are then used as treatments that can potentially help save the lives of people suffering from burns, shock, trauma, and other medical emergencies.
The Council of Canadians believes plasma must be treated as a public resource, not an opportunity for pharmaceutical industry profits.
We have been opposing the opening of private, for-profit blood plasma collection clinics since March 2013.