ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Freedom Plasma is expanding its service by opening a second location in St. Petersburg on May 24, 2022.
The new blood plasma donation center is compensating donors for their efforts and comes at a time when donations are needed to meet global demand.
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“Plasma is being used to make many life-saving drugs and plasma-based treatments for people suffering from a wide range of illnesses and chronic diseases,” said Blair McKinney, Chief Operating Officer of ImmunoTek Bio Centers, one of the partner companies that , and will operate the center. Freedom Plasma has another Sunshine State location in Winter Haven and currently operates centers in 11 other states with more locations in development.
Advances in medicines and treatments for patients continue to increase the need for human plasma donations. The US supplies two-thirds of the world’s plasma and the new center in Florida will help meet the growing need. Plasma makes up more than half of a human’s blood volume; it is the protein-rich golden liquid part of the blood that remains after red and white blood cells have been removed. This plasma is processed into medicines that patients depend on for their specific plasma therapy. Treating just one patient per year requires between 130 and 1,200 plasma donations from healthy donors. The community is invited to visit the center and learn about the need for plasma donations.
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“The economic impact of an operational Freedom Plasma center is about $5 million per year,” McKinney said. “The community will benefit from the construction of this new center by receiving donor compensation for its members and experiencing healthcare-focused jobs; what’s more, our donors know they’re helping save lives.”
After an internal screening along with a medical history and physical examination by medical professionals, donors can roll up their sleeves and donate plasma in the same way as a blood donation. The donation procedure uses a safe, sterile, self-contained automated process called plasmapheresis. Plasma can be donated up to two times in a seven-day period.
“Donating blood plasma at a donation center like Freedom Plasma is truly a life-saving gift for those who depend on plasma-derived drugs every day. Not only is it being used to create valuable therapies and vaccines, but recent research also shows promise with plasma-derived therapies that reduce or limit the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia,” said Jerome Parnell III, CEO of ImmunoTek. “Because of its unique biological makeup, plasma cannot be made synthetically, so we rely on donated plasma to make plasma-based drugs that ultimately benefit patients around the world.”
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The Freedom Plasma donation center in St. Petersburg is located at 5651 38th Avenue N and is open Tuesday through Saturday. Walk-in donors are welcome after the first week of surgery, which is by appointment only. To make an appointment or for more information about plasma donation, contact Freedom Plasma at 316-201-3449 or visit Freedomplasma.com