Canadian companies want to pay donours of blood plasma
As we heard on the news this week, two Canadian companies are publicizing their willingness to pay donors of blood plasma, but they haven't indicated how much they would pay. Their intention is to increase the number of donations, because plasma is always in short supply.
It's a long-standing practice in the U.S. to pay donors for whole blood and for plasma. But it's never been the case in Canada. Laurent-Paul Ménard is public affairs director for Héma-Québec, and he joined us on the phone this morning. We also reached David Page, the National Executive Director for the Canadian Hemophilia Society.