Become a part of the lifesaving journey that plasma takes from a dedicated donor to the thousands of patients with rare diseases who depend on plasma protein therapies to lead healthy, productive, and fulﬁlling lives.
Source plasma collection in the U.S. is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and, in Europe, by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and national regulatory authorities.
Source plasma collection centers are also certified by the International Quality Plasma Program (IQPP), a rigorous, voluntary program that goes beyond regulatory requirements to help ensure donor safety and further improve the quality of source plasma used for fractionation.
Source plasma is collected through a process called plasmapheresis. In more than 1,000 specialized donation centers located in the U.S. and Europe, individuals may donate plasma. Plasmapheresis is a sterile, self-contained, automated process that separates plasma from red blood cells and other cellular components which are then returned to the donor.
Donor CHECKS IN at reception and PRESENTS GOVERNMENT ISSUED ID with proof of current address.
The donor then takes a few minutes to fill out a NEW DONOR HISTORY QUESTIONNAIRE.
The donor receives health screening, initial blood screening, and is checked against the National Donor Deferral Registry.
Plasma is donated through a process called PLASMAPHERESIS. During this process, whole blood is removed, plasma is collected, and remaining blood components are returned to the donor.
Each plasma donation receives a UNIQUE ID FOR TRACEABILITY throughout the process.
A new donor must return to the center to donate plasma again within 6 months before either donation can be used to PRODUCE A LIFE SAVING THERAPY.
The donor MUST ALSO PASS MEDICAL SCREENINGS AND TESTING FOR VIRUSES TRANSMITTED BY BLOOD on two different occasions to become a qualified donor. This helps ensure plasma is collected from healthy and committed donors.
This detailed video takes viewers through all of the steps a first-time plasma donor would experience during the process of donating lifesaving plasma.
The need for plasma and plasma donors is more urgent than ever before. Visit givingplasma.org to learn more and to find a donation center near you.