BloodSource is proud to lead the way by opening the first, voluntary source plasma donation center in the United States.
Unlike plasma donations for direct transfusions into patients that will take place in the near future, source plasma donations are specifically collected to develop lifesaving medicines and therapies for patients with neurological disorders, immune deficiencies, bleeding disorders and more. It can take hundreds or thousands of plasma donations to create essential, lifesaving medicines offering hope and cures for more than 80 diseases. The therapeutic uses for plasma-based medicines continue to grow and it’s exciting to see more patients being helped. However, a worldwide plasma shortage impacts availability for patients who depend on these medicines to live long, healthy, productive lives.
Together, we can help meet the global plasma shortage and ensure that these lifesaving and life enhancing therapies are always available to patients around the world.
There is only one source for blood plasma and that is from a person like you. BloodSource and BloodSource donors are ready to help in an endeavor that will impact global patient needs.
Today, 65% of the world’s plasma is collected in the United States. By opening a local source plasma donor center, BloodSource, along with our donors will contribute to meeting global plasma need and ensure a steady supply to develop and distribute these lifesaving and life-enhancing therapies to patients around the world.
Join us as together, we do save lives.
Source Plasma Donation has specific eligibility requirements that may allow some who have been ineligible to donate (e.g., malarial travel deferrals) to donate. While general eligibility criteria are similar to other types of blood donation, please call our source plasma information line at 866.822.5663 if you have additional questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Eligibility for source plasma donations related to medications are noted here.
48-hour deferral if aspirin was taken. Tylenol® is acceptable if taken in moderate doses.
Blood pressure medication
Okay if donor meets requirement (equal to or below 180/100).
Birth control/hormone replacement
Okay if condition is stabilized.
Okay for skin problems (e.g., acne) only.
Accutane (isotretinoin), Proscar/ Propecia (finasteride)
One month deferral following last dose.
Diabetes managed with insulin injections are not eligible for source plasma donation
Medications that are not acceptable:
Cannot donate if ever taken.
Cannot donate for three years after last dose.
Cannot donate for six months after last dose.
There are different eligibility requirements specific to source plasma donations including:
The following health conditions may defer individuals from giving source plasma:
Plasma is the straw-colored liquid part of blood in which blood cells – red and white cells and platelets – are suspended. It contains critical proteins, minerals, clotting factors, and immunoglobulins that help fight infection. Plasma helps patients who are unable to make these essential elements due to disease or traumatic injuries.
Unlike transfused plasma, Source Plasma is specifically collected to develop lifesaving plasma-based medicines and therapies for patients with neurological disorders, immune disorders, bleeding disorders and more.
Source Plasma donation has different eligibility requirements than other donation types. However, this donation type may allow people who are ineligible to give blood or have been deferred due to travel and other considerations, to donate.
BloodSource is working with a non-profit organization in Europe. Your source plasma donation will be sent to this organization for testing and further processing called "fractionation." It will then be combined with hundreds and potentially thousands of other plasma donations to develop plasma-derived medicines/therapies for patients.
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Quincey Carter thanks source plasma donors who helped her survive a rare disease.
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