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Province introduces plasma donation legislation

Health Minister tries to stop clinic from giving money to donors

The province has introduced legislation would make it illegal for a clinic to offer money for a blood or plasma donation.

That includes a reimbursement of any expenses or other kinds of compensation.

It comes after a Canadian Plasma Resources clinic in downtown Toronto has petitioned for a license to pay donors $25.  It also wants to open up another Toronto clinic and one in Hamilton.

Health Minister Deb Matthews says setting up paid clinics risks bringing down the voluntary donation system. She adds it's unclear how well a paid donation clinic would test the blood.  

Matthews says the clinic on Adelaide St. by Jarvis St. is not paying people right now. She says inspectors are checking out the premises.

She says she doesn't want paid plasma clinics in the province. While Health Canada issued the Toronto clinic a license, it still has to get the provincial okay to operate.

Matthews is accusing the company of targeting the poor by setting up shop in low income neighbourhoods. She says the company will likely sell this plasma on the international market.

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  1. Sean posted on 03/20/2014 03:47 PM
    Offer me $25 per donation, and I'll be there with my sleeve rolled up every Saturday morning. Until then, my blood has better places to be (namely, still in my veins)
  2. karen posted on 03/20/2014 04:06 PM
    Any such law should be struck down under the Charter. The inept Liberals need to go back to school, and take a look at Charter rights. Businesses may operate and may not be unreasonably impeded.
  3. Annie Bee posted on 03/20/2014 04:18 PM
    What's the difference between this and the ads that you hear from time-to-time soliciting (and paying) participants in testing drugs?
    Will the province also deny re-entry of this product back into Canada?
    Do they think they could do a better job?
  4. Frankie posted on 03/20/2014 04:18 PM
    Matthews is a moron. We already import plasma from the USA that's been paid for so what's the point of her nonsense. Considering all the scandals in the health ministry she should have been fired years ago.

    Just another example of useless Liberals dragging this province down the drain
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