Selling? Or Donating?

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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.

Donating Plasma

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.

Selling Plasma

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.

Donating Blood Plasma & Get Paid: What can you say about it?

We have all been told by our high school teachers, blood advocate friends or even neighbors that blood donation can save lives. When we give blood, we don’t only help ourselves stay healthy, we also save the nameless people in dire need of a blood transfusion to stay alive. It’s a form of altruism and we feel satisfied when we are able to help.

But not all donations are free. Some come at a certain price. Take blood plasma donation, for instance. First time plasma donors are paid $20 while subsequent donations pay you $40-$60! That’s a pretty decent amount for something that doesn’t require so much from you, right?

I could imagine the next words coming out from your mouth would be:

Wait, whaaat? Did you just say that one is paid for donating plasma? But I thought donation is an altruistic act, how come you are compensated for it?

First of all, you have to know that there are two types of plasma donations:

1. Non-profit Donation. This is the type that does not pay you for your donation because the collected pint are used to be transfused into humans. Example of donation centers that observe this is the American Red Cross.
2. For-profit Donation. It pays for your donated plasma because your plasma will be sold to drug and research companies to create life-saving plasma therapies. Examples of plasma donation centers that pay are Biological Life Plasma Service, DCI Biologicals Inc, Talecris Biothrapeutics and CSL Plasma.

So basically, those donation centers that pay your plasma will sell your fluid to big pharmaceutical companies. Is this a right thing to do? Should paid plasma donation be tolerated even if it kills the spirit of altruism in your supposed noble act?

Plasma centers justify that a donor is not paid for his donated fluids. Instead, a donor is compensated for his time and effort to go the donation center. A regular plasma donor can give plasma twice a week and it would take a huge amount of commitment to do this faithfully.

Therefore, the plasma industry developed a system of compensating donors to acknowledge their extraordinary commitment to secure a safe and sufficient supply of plasma. This is also a way for manufacturers to maintain the amount of needed plasma to make life-saving therapies.

But whatever the reason may be for compensation, one thing remains irrevocable: people can earn money by selling plasma. For some, this can be like hitting two birds in one stone because they can earn money and save lives. But for some, this is not ethical because saving lives shouldn’t have a price.

What about you? What do you think about donating blood plasma and getting paid for it? We’d love to hear what you have in mind!

Donate Plasma for Cash

The United States have been hit by recession some five years ago but Americans always have ways to make both ends meet despite the hard times. Rodric Hurdle-Bradford wrote in his article “How Far Would You Go to Get Out of Debt? Blood, Sperm, Garbage?” the 4 clever options that Americans have been resorting to to earn extra income. And one of those options, my friends, is SELLING PLASMA.

This may not sound new to everyone anymore. From students to working professionals to single parents – the plasma donation industry has been the saving lifeline to enable financially struggling citizens pay the dues. But how? Simple. Plasma centers pay as low as $20 for first time donors and around $40-$60 when you donate again.

No degree or work overtimes needed – all you gotta do is go to a local plasma center near your place, be healthy enough to be an eligible donor and roll up those sleeves. The whole plasma donation process is longer than blood donation. If you’re a first time blood donor, you may only spend an hour and this already includes filling up forms, screening and the actual blood donation. But if you’re a first time plasma donor, the whole process may take 3 hours, but subsequent donations may only take 90 minutes.

Another question you might ask is: “I’ve been told that plasma donation can save lives, but how exactly am I doing that?”
Good question, buddy! Plasma donation can let you save lives in ways you can never see. Unlike in blood donation where your fluid is used directly for transfusions, collected plasma from plasma centers are processed into life-saving therapies.

Plasma is a component of blood which is rich in proteins and antibodies such as immunoglobulins, clotting factors, fibrinogen and albumin. Therefore, it is used to produce therapies that treat life-threatening chronic, rare and often genetic diseases such as primary immunodeficiencies, hemophilia and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, and neurological and autoimmune disorders.

Plasma Donation is not that complicated, right? What are you waiting for? If you are healthy enough to donate and have no fear of needles, I encourage you to be a plasma donor NOW! Lots of sick people around the world need plasma donations to provide themselves with the therapies they need. When you donate plasma, you don’t only give these people a chance to live, you can also earn money from it. But please don’t make the monetary incentive your sole reason why you donate. Let me get this clear: Centers pay you for your time and effort, not for your donated fluid.

You can find plasma centers in your place through this DIRECTORY.

Why Donate Plasma?

To understand what plasma is, I’ll encourage you to watch the video below. It’s all about the blood donation process.

After watching the video, you’ll realize blood plasma is the liquid portion of your blood that may be separated from the cellular portion of whole blood through a procedure called plasmapheresis. Your blood plasma is preserved frozen to keep it fresh. It is used for the manufacture of therapies and also for re-suspension of red cell preparations for perinatal transfusion.

Donating plasma, apart from getting paid, can save a life. Numerous people in the world are diagnosed with rare and chronic blood disorders. These people purely rely on protein therapies involving blood plasma to replace the vital antibodies they lack. With your donation, expect them to change their lifestyle. To become a qualified plasma donor, you must be seventeen years old and must be healthy. It also requires your dedication, your time to travel to the nearest plasma collection bank and the willingness to becoming a regular donor.

Plasma Blood Donation Process Explained

How does the actual plasma blood donation work?
The process is quite simple. Basically a plasma donation company wants to separate your plasma from your red blood cells. What does this mean? Well, your blood consists of white and red blood cells which float around in a goo. For a better word the goo is called “plasma”, and this is what a machine will extract from your blood. So, a machine is hooked up to you for about 90 minutes to suck your blood out, separate the plasma from the other blood cells.

How does it separate the blood?
Not to bore you with the details, but a centrifuge is used pull the plasma down to the bottom of the funnel and into the collection unit (also known as a thick plastic bag).

What does the machine look like?
Well, it’s just a small unit that does the aforementioned extraction. You only have a needle in your arm, and the machine does the work of processing the blood.

Does it hurt?
No, not really at all. The only pain point is a very minor one when the needle gets stuck into your arm. Beyond that there isn’t much pain at all. So once that needle is in your vein, you won’t really even notice anything. That is why many centers will have a TV or other forms of entertainment you can partake in while you wait.

Apparently platelet donation can be quite painful. These are totally different procedures and make note of the name.

I hope this helps explain how the system works. Please leave comments about your own experiences, rumors or any other question you might have on plasma blood donation.