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MONTREAL - There are no immediate plans to further relax restrictions on gay and bisexual blood donors despite the fact officials are testing the waters on the idea, says the agency responsible for Ca...
I recently attended a meeting at Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews' office with two infected hemophiliacs to beg her not to license private paid-blood-donor clinics. Just before we entered the room one of them whispered, "Will it ever end?"
On June 27, 2013, the federal government released a summary report of its consultations with stakeholders regarding payment for plasma donations. Right on cue, the union representing employees at Canadian Blood Services proclaimed that safety will somehow be jeopardized if plasma is collected by anyone other than a public facility. Other opponents have attempted to sway public opinion by arguing that payment for plasma is somehow exploitative. Both criticisms are smoke-and-mirrors. I know from experience.
Introducing a paid-donor system for blood products could compromise Canada's blood supply and is not justified, a group of physicians says. The chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare said she was sho...
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Two Canadian companies are willing to pay blood donors to get their plasma. Canadian Plasma Resources in Toronto and CanGene Plasma in Winnipeg are both promoting compensation for plasma donors on th...
One of Lourdess Sumners’ most vivid memories of her childhood battle with cancer was pining for real food while hooked up to a feeding tube and watching The Food Channel on TV. "It was horrible. I hat...
I would respect Canadian Blood Services more if it took a stronger position on gay blood donations. Either stick with the lifelong ban and admit that it's a super-cautious approach to try to mitigate against potential infections we don't yet understand, based on the deadly mistakes made in the past with HIV. Or focus on the bloodborne diseases we do know about, and adjust the ban accordingly to six-months or one-year, as would be consistent with the current science of detection. Either one of these approaches would be a more defensible posture than the arbitrary five-year ban Canadian Blood Services has chosen to champion.