Sunday, March 29, 2015

What Is Blood Plasma Used For?

Plasma is part of your blood. It is easy for your body to replace as it is made up mostly of water and proteins. Plasma cannot be made in a lab. That is why it is so important for plasma donation centers to collect plasma.

Your plasma donation provides immunity from disease to individuals fighting these life threatening illnesses:

  • Cancer patients
  • transplant patients
  • premature infants
  • and those with autoimmune disease 

These are some examples of individuals who have lost their own natural immunity making abilities and rely on plasma donations for the life saving medications needed to survive capabilities as part of the disease process.

Plasma donation centers collect plasma for patients with certain diseases such as hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. Hospitals also make products from plasma to treat traumatic injuries like shock and serious burns.

How Potential Donors are Screened

Plasma from  first-time donors is not used in the production of plasma therapies. Potential plasma donors must provide proper identification, including Social Security number and a valid address. Your personal data is verified through the national donor deferral registry database that tracks donor eligibility based on previous blood test results.

Donors undergo detailed screening process every time you donate. This includes a health history and a medical assessment. First-time donors are also required to have a comprehensive physical exam, which must be repeated annually if they continue to donate. All of these precautionary steps are closely tracked by the donor management computer system. If any of the screening criteria or not met that person is not allowed to donate that day.

The Plasma Collection Process

Plasma is collected from donor blood using a technique called plasmapheresis, which separates plasma from red blood cells. Plasma is extracted and the red blood cells are returned to the donor. Because our bodies replenish plasma quickly, donors are permitted to plasma twice in any Sunday.

To recognize their commitment donors are compensated for their time. Our trained staff closely monitors the entire process, which typically takes one and a half to two hours.

To further validate the quality and safety of the plasma, samples from every donation is tested in one of our state-of-the-art laboratories in our Indefinite plasma products are safer today than ever before. But they still carry a risk of transmitting infectious agents. Thanks to our highly regulated processes and cutting-edge technology, our standards for plasma quality and safety minimize this risk.

Our highly controlled webs perform a minimum of eight distinct tests on each donation. Any positive test results in the donors plasma being destroyed and the individuals permanently barred from donating again, at any Center nationwide.

The Plasma Manufacturing Process Explained

Once the plasma has cleared all testing procedures. It is held in a climate controlled warehouse of -30°F for a minimum of 60 days. This additional step allows time for any follow-up information about donor to reconsider before proceeding with the manufacturing process.

Plasma is turned into medicine in one of our first three high-tech production facilities in Barcelona, Spain, Los Angeles, California and Clayton, North Carolina. It is here where plasma is processed into a wide array of life-saving therapies.

The process of transforming plasma into medicine is highly controlled and regulated by the FDA and European health authorities.

First specific proteins are separated from the plasma using a multi-phased fractionation process different proteins.

Then it undergoes a series of purification steps using a combination of treatment solvents and filtration methods. Potential viruses are activated and eliminated, and the final medicine is currently sold in bottles which are laser etched with a unique lot number that also appears on the product label and packaging.

The entire process from plasma collection through manufacturing can take up to 12 months. We use a proprietary system called pedigree, which is an additional quality measure. Pedigree provides full traceability of the plasma used our products from the point of donation to the final product.

Our secure website healthcare providers worldwide can easily identify each individual plasma donation that contributed to a specific product world used to treat a patient. With innovative technology highly trained employees cutting edge research and development, a sharp focus on the quality and safety of our therapy for more than 70 years.

This has been our commitment and today our global team continues its dedication to meet the growing demand for plasma therapy and to honor the core values of the founders or defined our mission to improve the health and well-being of people around the world.
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