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Just want to clarify an issue about selling blood plasma and donating plasma. There is a difference between the two and it is quite confusing why there are still people who use the term Plasma Donation when they are expecting something in return. They cannot call it donation if they are compensated.
The correct term to use should be selling plasma.
Donation is a noun that refers to an act or instance of presenting something as a gift, grant or contribution. In other words, the act of donating something is altruism. It is a selflessness deed that involves no money or prize.
If people only want to donate their plasma to save lives, they need to directly go to Red Cross or any blood drives. Red Cross is a humanitarian organization and is not a government agency as many people think. The staff and volunteers in Red Cross only want people to think that helping does not involve paying.
To motivate more people, the blood industry decided to separate a blood bank from a plasma bank. Blood banks are for donations only and it can also collect blood plasma when it is necessary. Plasma banks are owned by international health manufacturers such as Baxter and Grifols. They only collect the yellow component of the human blood for the production of medicines for blood disorders like hemophilia.
Plasmapheresis takes more than an hour and if it is the first time of a qualified donor to sell, the entire procedure can take three hours.
Due to economic crisis, hundreds of people are looking for plasma banks that pay. Some of them even think selling plasma is a good source of earning enough money just to buy food or gas.
This way of thinking is wrong!
Selling plasma is also a way of making a difference but plasma banks pay you after the procedure as a way of saying thank you.
That is why; plasma banks think it is best to reward those people in a form of cash than rewarding them something that they do not need. It is clearly not their intention to let the people think that the activity is a source of earning money.