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The more we learn about plasma,

the more we realize its life-saving potential. There's a need for more donations, and more knowledge about the importance of plasma-derived therapies and plasma donation. There has never been a more critical time to donate plasma.

About Plasma 

Plasma-derived therapies are used daily by thousands of individuals around the world with chronic, rare diseases. The global demand for plasma to create these therapies has been steadily increasing over the years. Recently, plasma demand has hit critical mass. Now more than ever we need heroes to step up and donate plasma if we want to continue to treat those who rely on it. 

Plasma can benefit a wide variety of individuals. In addition to those with primary immunodeficiencies (who rely on immunoglobulin therapy), individuals with blood clotting disorders (such as hemophilia), chronic lung disease, and certain types of cancer count on plasma therapy for survival.  Hospitals use plasma for patients with severe burns, shock, trauma, and for those undergoing certain transplantation.

Because the process to create biologics, specifically plasma-derived therapies, is time and labor intensive, there is no easy way to just "make more".  The process depends on a consistent supply of source plasma from donors. 

The Plasma Hero/IDF Connection

An initiative of The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF), Plasma Hero is a resource designed to guide individuals through the journey of plasma donation, encourage others to donate, and better support those who rely on plasma-based products. 

Since its founding in 1980, IDF has served those affected by primary immunodeficiencies (PI) through advocacy, education, and research initiatives. There are more than 400 types of PI diagnoses, and the majority of them are treated with immunoglobulin therapy (which is a plasma-derived therapy). Because plasma is a lifelong treatment, the availability of plasma is critical to those with PI and many other rare, chronic diseases.

A recent statement from John Boyle, IDF President & CEO, explains concerns about plasma supply during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to all your questions about plasma—what it is, where it’s used, how to donate, and why that’s so important.

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About IDF

The Immune Deficiency Foundation improves the diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life of people affected by primary immunodeficiency through fostering a community empowered by advocacy, education, and research.

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Your donation helps the IDF provide resources and services to the thousands who live with primary immunodeficiencies. Your generosity can positively affect patients, family members, and those who care for and about them. 

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