It Takes a Village

07/16/2020

The environment around plasma collection, plasma research, and plasma therapies is vast and immense. So here’s a primer of some partners in the critical, life-saving work of plasma:

The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) and American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) are both physician membership organizations. As such, they provide professional training and a library of resources related to plasma protein therapies and their use.

American Plasma Users Coalition (APLUS) is a membership organization comprised of patient advocacy organizations that represent individuals who are dependent on plasma protein therapies. APLUS advocates for public policy, regulations, directives, guidelines, and recommendations that improve access to therapy and treatment.

The Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), a part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), is responsible for the safety of blood and blood components, which includes the plasma collection process. This may include safety inspections of facilities, regulations and protocols, and promoting an adequate supply of blood and blood products. Clinical Immunologic Society (CIS) fosters developments in science and the practice of clinical immunology. Their focus on scientific advancements, medical research, and clinical practice often includes promoting the use of biologic therapies and treatments.

IG Living is a periodical publication focused on immunoglobulin therapies published by FFF Enterprises.  With 30,000 subscribers, this magazine provides information about clinical research, treatments, and immunoglobulin therapy.

The Immunoglobulin National Society (IgNS) is a professional membership organization for healthcare professionals that provides professional education and certification and maintains standards of practice for immunoglobulin (Ig) therapies. They recently launched a plasma donation initiative entitled It’s My Turn.

iPlasma is a blood and plasma technology start-up, founded in 2018. Their website features information on donation centers and hosts a regularly-scheduled podcast as well as a plasma center location tool.

Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) is a global organization representing private plasma protein therapy manufacturers, whose products treat a variety of rare diseases and serious medical conditions. As part of their mission, they advocate for affordable therapies, engage with regulatory agencies, collaborate with patient advocacy organizations, and house an interactive map for individuals looking for donation centers.

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