Press Release

On 2012/05/02, in Fiods, by woody87

It is with great regret we learned that Grifols is pushing for paid donations. FIODS is strongly opposed to paid donations on the following grounds. 1)      Plasma is a vital part of the human body and plasma as well as other organs should on ethical grounds not be used for trade. 2)      Paid donors are [...]

It is with great regret we learned that Grifols is pushing for paid donations.

FIODS is strongly opposed to paid donations on the following grounds.

1)      Plasma is a vital part of the human body and plasma as well as other organs should on ethical grounds not be used for trade.

2)      Paid donors are at great risk for:

  1. Exploitation
  2. Too frequent donations, harming the donor
  3. Increased risk for donor adverse events (paid donors may hide disease leading to potential severe adverse events, and apheresis donors will not be able to replace the proteins incl. immunoglobulins lost with every donation either because of very frequent donation or because they are not able to buy the protein rich food necessary to replace the protein lost with donation. The protein content has been shown to be lower in paid donors compared to voluntary non remunerate donors. There are no official records from the plasma industry regarding adverse events in the paid apheresis donors, and we fear that they higher than in voluntary non remunerate donors from the grounds mentioned above.

3)      The higher risk for infectious disease found in paid donors will lead to increased revocation of donations and waste of donated blood

4)      There is lack of supply security for red cells and platelets in communities where paid and voluntary non remunerate blood donation coexist.  There are known examples in Germany and Polen. In our opinion voluntary non remunerate blood donation is the only way to long term security of supply.

5)      The lack of supply security poses a risk for the patients and there may be a risk for the patients with emerging pathogens.

 

Gianfranco Massaro

President FIODS/IFBDO

 

 

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