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Banking on blood

Thursday, April 14, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Barbara von Tigerstrom

The recent announcement that a private plasma donation clinic had opened in Saskatoon has reignited the controversy surrounding paid donation of blood products, with opponents invoking memories of the tainted blood scandal to argue against the practice.

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) operates plasma collection clinics on a not-for-profit basis in six provinces and Héma-Québec in Quebec. Collecting plasma using plasmapheresis (which separates plasma from other blood components) takes longer than a regular blood donation and must be done at a specialized centre; some plasma is also...