This month, Californians are recognized for their outstanding contributions to lifesaving therapies that treat critically ill individuals and for their donations of the blood component, plasma, that makes the creation of these unique therapies possible. The California legislature passed a resolution naming September 2010 as "Plasma Protein Therapies Month" in the Golden State, helping to raise awareness for the rare, genetic diseases treated with the therapies and valuing the contributions of voluntary plasma donors in the state.
Plasma protein therapies, which include plasma-derived therapies and recombinant blood clotting factors (a biotechnology product), are used every day to treat people with hemophilia, a blood clotting disorder that causes painful internal bleeding and debilitating joint damage; primary immunodeficiency diseases, which rob a person's ability to fight even common infections; and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, also known as genetic chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In addition, a plasma protein therapy, albumin, is used in critical care settings, when treating severe trauma, burns and during major surgery.
Plasma, a biological material that cannot be manufactured, is used to create lifesaving therapies that come solely from committed plasma donors. The state of California is home to 10 plasma collection centers. As California celebrates the generosity of its donors and raises awareness for the rare diseases that are treated with the therapies during Plasma Protein Therapies Month, we encourage everyone to donate and to help ensure a higher quality of life for patients across the United States and around the world.
"Always serious and often life-threatening, patients requiring plasma protein therapies suffer from serious diseases and disorders and need access to critical therapies manufactured from high-quality plasma from dedicated donors such as those in California, " said Josh Penrod, Vice President, PPTA Source. "Donors continue to be recognized and valued as a critical component in the production of these therapies."
Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA)