A private commerical plasma donation facility called Canadian Plasma Resources will soon be opening in Saskatoon and will compensate all donors.

Provincial Health Minister Dustin Duncan says compensation for plasma donation is not new.

"The majority of plasma products that are based on the plasma protein comes from paid donors in other countries. Eighty percent of our product comes mostly from the United States and some in Europe. We already rely heavily on the paid plasma donor system, it just happens to take place in another country."

As a country, Canada spends nearly one billion dollars a year on purchasing plasma products and most of those are derived from paying people for donations. Duncan adds the facility will go through Health Canada to have the site licensed and will also be going through the good manufacturing process guidelines laid out by Health Canada.

Canadian Blood Services and the Canadian Hemophilia Society both support the paid donation system for plasma products as part of a regulated system.

Duncan says plasma donation is a more lengthy process then blood donation.

"Plasma takes longer than donating blood so it's more of an inconvenience and that's why we are just not self-sufficient when it comes to Canadians donating plasma products. We only collect about twenty percent of our need from Canadians. This is just another way to try and increase our numbers but we will always be reliant upon products that are made from plasma that comes from a paid donor."

Plasma is collected to produce very specific plasma protein based cancer drugs.

According to Duncan, unlike Ontario and Quebec, Saskatchewan will not be putting in place legislation prohibiting people from getting money for plasma donation as the process occurs in other countries.

More Local News

Theft of farm equipment from Morse business under investigation

A theft of stolen farm equipment from outside of the Morse Co-Op has the Morse RCMP asking the public for assistance. During the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 27th, 2017, an unknown male stole…

Operations, experience growing for past Arnal Brothers Memorial Bursary recipient

A 2016 Arnal Brothers Memorial Bursary winner has been growing his passion for raising cattle in the year since he received the bursary. Brock Doerksen, a grade 12 student in Swift Current and local…

BioBlitz in southwest helps NCC identify nine species-at-risk

A successful weekend for the newest Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) property in southwest Saskatchewan. 12 volunteers took to the Wideview property on Saturday to participate in a BioBlitz to help…
Frontier School

Graduation Day in Frontier

A big day today in the community of Frontier as 14 students graduate from Grade twelve. Gail Balfour is the Principal of the Frontier School. She says, "The Banquet starts at five thirty, and the…

PHOTOS: Patriotic preparation by City of Swift Current ahead of Canada Day

As those who have driven through downtown Swift Current the past few days have noticed, crosswalks are receiving some patriotic attention leading up to Canada Day. In helping brighten up the downtown…

No shortage of local talent at Maple Creek rodeo

Maple Creek was home to a Canadian Cowboys Association (CCA) outdoor rodeo this past weekend, and there was a lot of talent from south-west Saskatchewan competing. Swift Current's Blaine Switzer…
watering

Watering Restrictions in Eastend

The Town Council of the community of Eastend would like to advise residents that they have on-going watering restrictions in place. Designated watering days are as follows: residents west of Maple…

One dead following collision between car, school bus

A man has been pronounced dead following a mutli-vehicle collision near Central Butte. The two-vehicle collision occurred when a west-bound car collided with a north-bound school bus approximately 15…
airport 004

CAP Program Grant for the Shaunavon Airport

The Shaunavon Airport is one of 15 community and regionally-owned airports in the province to receive money from the Community Airport Partnership or CAP Program. The Government of Saskatchewan is…

Proper construction zone signage a focal point for Ministry of Highways

With highway construction season well underway, the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is trying to ensure all work zones are set up correctly. To ensure all work zones are correctly set up,…

"Critical low" in blood donations spark call-to-action for Canadian Blood Services

A call to action is out by Canadian Blood Services as their supplies are noted as being critically low. Katherine Wasylynka is the Canadian Blood Services' territory manager for southern…

Budget approved for Chinook School Division

The Chinook School Division will have a reduced staff in the central office for 2017-18 with the upcoming budget $6 million less than this past year's. At the school division's meeting Monday…

Stepping down, but not away: Betty McDougall retires from SwYES

Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (SwYES) development coordinator Betty McDougall, who played a major role in the opening of the youth shelter Dorie's House, will be retiring at the end of the month.…
Hot dog day 2017 033

A Large Donation to the Shaunavon Fire Department From the CJSN Hot Dog Day

CJSN Radio in Shaunavon held their annual Hot Dog Day Listener Appreciation Event this past Friday. A great turn out that day and donations were taken for the Shaunavon Fire Department. The grand…

Thousands take in annual Windscape Kite Festival

Saturday and Sunday on the south side of Swift Current was the 13th-annual Sask Power Windscape Kite Festival. With temperatures in the low 20s on the weekend, and a bit of a breeze, the conditions…

Multiple southwest students receive youth apprenticeship scholarships

Seven students from across the Chinook School Division have been awarded with Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) Industry Scholarships. The winners, participants of the Saskatchewan…

Premier Brad Wall Going South To Lobby For Sask.

Once again our Premier will visit the United States to lobby for Saskatchewan. Brad Wall is heading to Montana Sunday for the Western Governors’ Association annual meeting where they will talk about…

STARS releases SOLUS to improve assistance in rural areas

Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) will now be able to better serve rural areas with their release of SOLUS, a smartphone app that allows emergency assistance to be requested and received 24…

Minimum wage increasing in the fall of 2017

The minimum wage in Saskatchewan will increase $0.24/hour at the start of the fourth quarter of 2017. Come October 1st, 2017, minimum wage will reach $10.96/hour, up from $10.72/hour. The increase…

Lyme Disease: Ticks not the only threat

When you think of Lyme Disease, you think of a tick bite and you may think you are safe from Lyme Disease due to the fact that the tick which carries the disease is not found here in Saskatchewan.…

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

This Place Matters Competition - Spirit of the Lyric!

15 June 2017 12:00 am - 17 July 2017 11:45 pm

The Lyric Theatre, Swift Current





Young Adults Hope for a Better Tomorrow AFG

27 June 2017 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Center (Garden Room), Swift Current





Courage To Change - Al Anon Family Group

28 June 2017 12:00 pm

The Center (Garden Room), Swift Current





Frontier Days

28 June 2017 12:00 pm - 01 July 2017 12:00 am

Kinetic Exhibition Park, Swift Current, SK, Canada





Soil Health Workshop

29 June 2017 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Thomson Room, AAFC Swift Current Research Station





Thursday Hope - Al Anon Family Group

29 June 2017 2:00 pm

First United Church - Cypress Room





Doc's Town Suppers

29 June 2017 4:30 pm

Kinetic Park





Login