Health Canada is allowing a private clinic to pay donors for their blood plasma. This opens the door to increased commercialization and privatization of Canada’s blood supply. It’s just wrong.
Health Canada gave an operating license to Expharma/Canadian Plasma Resources to open the first paid donor plasma collection clinic in Saskatoon, which opened in February 2016. The company has stated publicly that it also has licenses pending in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba. Bad ideas can apparently spread quite quickly.
CUPE research has just published a backgrounder on this issue. Please download and share widely.