Tuesday, June 6, 2017


It's the word used by Canadian Plasma Resources CEO Barzin Bahardoust in an article published in the Telegraph-Journal on May 27, 2017.
He used it while discussing whether or not his clinic - which will pay people to donate their blood plasma - would be in competition with our national blood and plasma collector Canadian Blood Services (CBS), which only accepts volunteer donations.
Here's the exact quote, "It's ridiculous to say we are competing with Canadian Blood Services," he said.
He certainly chose the right word. In our opinion, his statements are ridiculous.
Both CBS and Bahardoust's clinics - one in Moncton and another in Saskatoon - receive plasma donations from Canadian donors. The two entities are competing for the same folks, so they are in fact in direct competition.
What is not ridiculous is the impact his clinic will have on our national blood and plasma supply.
Every drop of plasma collected by Canadian Plasma Resources means less to help Canadians. The company does not have a contract to sell the pharmaceuticals made from the plasma it collects to Canadian Blood Services, nor will it.
Our national blood and plasma collector has stated it does not intend to purchase from this company now or in the future. There's no reason for CBS to help its competition. Instead, CBS has stated it will increase its own plasma collection in the next few years lowering our dependence on purchasing plasma-based pharmaceuticals.
Our provincial government is aware of this plan, but instead of embracing it and helping it succeed, Health Minister Victor Boudreau and Premier Brian Gallant are actively trying to undermine it by supporting Canadian Plasma Resources.
In the same article mentioned above, Boudreau states,"The critics keep claiming paid plasma clinics affect voluntary donations, yet no one has provided any proof of that yet. Even Canadian Blood Services was supposed to provide me some evidence to that effect, and I have yet to see it."
Like before, we feel this is a ridiculous statement.
First of all, the burden of proof shouldn't be on the public system which was created in the wake of a national tragedy and has protected Canadians since its inception. The burden of proof should be on the private company coming in, but for some reason the Health Minister is taking the company at its word despite an absence of facts.
Furthermore, Canadian Blood Services has reported seeing a reduction in donors in Saskatoon, the only other place where Canadian Plasma Resources has a clinic in operation.
In the past, the Health Minister has stated if it's OK to have these types of clinics in the United States, then it's fine to do the same in Canada. It's scary to think our health minister would want to mimic any part of the US health care system.
The Canadian Plasma Resource clinics are likely to slowly erode the safeguards put in place in the wake of the tainted blood crisis.
That our government is not just allowing this to happen, but actively promoting it, is ridiculous.