[Histonet] Blood donations for money

Frazier, John john.frazier at roche.com
Mon Jul 24 12:58:13 CDT 2017

Under FDA guidelines plasmapheresis donor are held to a higher standard
than red cell downers when it comes to qualifications.
Plasmapheresis donors are required take a physical once a year by a
registered nurse.
Each plasma donor center must a medical director that can only be filled by
a licensed physician. They are required to be on site minimum 20 hours a
month to review laboratory results donor records, physical reviews, and
consult any donors that were rejected due to positive lab test results.
There are many more FDA, foreign government German Health Ministry, and
internal company standards that each donor center must abide by. If not
they can receive 483's which is a citation, warning letters or consent
Each donor is required to donate a minimum of two times with negative test
results before the units can be put into production. I'll plasma is tested
for viral markers, total protein, AST(liver test), West Nile, parvovirus,
sexually transmitted diseases and many other lab test. This lab tests are
designed to not only monitor the integrity of the plasma pool but also the
donor's health.
Prior to the plasma being put into production it goes through a series of
detergents, cooling and heating, Ultraviolet light that will kill any
viral, bacterial and or fungal material.
To my knowledge there has not been any diseases acquired by recipients of
the pharmaceutical derivatives from plasma donors since the 1990's.

These donors may be paid but that is the only way to meet the huge supply
of plasma needed to make all the different plasma based products. IVIG,
RhoGam, CVM immunoglobulin, Albumin, *Alpha-1 Antitrypsin*

*Here is a link to the insight of plasma donations and the governing bodies*


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On Jul 23, 2017, at 12:51 PM, Bob Richmond <rsrichmond at gmail.com> wrote:

Jorge A. Santiago-Blay, PhD asks about blood donation for money. I suppose
he's in the US. I don't think there's any paid donation of whole blood in
the US any more. This is probably a plasmapheresis center, where people
donate twice a week. The red blood cells are returned to the donor. Two
cycles of this are usually done at a session.

Many, though not all, plasma donors are pretty sleazy people. I'd ask the
plasma center first, then complain to local authorities about it. Most of
these plasma centers are franchise operations, and you could complain to
their managers also.

Most plasma products (derivatives) can be sterilized so they don't transmit
viruses. Or so we hope.

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Maryville TN

Close to where I leave, there is an establishment for blood "donations".

Apparently, the establishment pays per donation. I hypothesize that the

money explains why the place is generally "hopping" (today, ca. 8:30AM,

there were ca, 25-30 cars parked in front of the establishment; Sunday

mornings, same story). Regularly, I see trash out of the store (incl. blood

splatter marks on the sidewalk, gauze, etc.).

Can someone tell me:

1. Where can one find information of the internal operations of

establishments like this?

2. Where can one report concerns about establishments like this?

3. More broadly, how can anyone *scientifically* tell whether the blood

"donated" at those (or any other) establishments is "safe" for use by other


Jorge A. Santiago-Blay, PhD


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