The Risks of Opening Paid Donor Plasma Clinics in Canada

The Risks of Opening Paid Donor Plasma Clinics in Canada

Atlantic Pediatric Society, July 25, 2013
Dr. John LeBlanc, President, Atlantic Pediatric Society

July 25, 2013

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, P.C., M.P.

Health Canada

Brooke Claxton Building, Tunney's Pasture

Postal Locator: 0906C

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9

Dear Minister,

I am writing on behalf of the Atlantic Pediatric Society. As an organization, we are extremely concerned about the risks of opening paid donor plasma clinics in Canada, and urge you not to approve them. After the tainted blood scandals of the 1980s, our system has been committed to voluntary donations, and we should keep it that way.

We don’t know the full impact that these clinics will have on our voluntary system, and we don’t have any guarantee that the plasma donated will contribute to Canada’s supply. If more supply is needed, we should be aiming to increase voluntary blood plasma donations.

Please keep our blood and plasma clinics safe, non-profit and voluntary.

Yours sincerely,

John C. LeBlanc, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FAAP
Atlantic Pediatric Society