Screening – All donors complete a pre-screening questionnaire to make sure it’s safe for them to donate. If they are a first-time donor, they will also receive a confidential physical examination.
Donation – Automated plasmapheresis machines are used to remove whole blood and separate plasma into a container. Prepackaged sterile, disposable supplies are used to ensure the safety of the donors.
Testing – The donated plasma is processed and frozen for testing to screen for diseases such as Syphilis, Alanine Amino Transferase (ALT), Hepatitis B & C, HIV, and others as needed.
Manufacturing for Medicines – Once the plasma is tested, the approved product is sent to fractionators where it is purified and broken down into various proteins. These proteins are combined with other chemicals to make life-saving medicines for patients with hemophilia, immune deficiencies, emphysema and other illnesses.