Plasma Updates

Plasma Please

Plasma is the straw-colored liquid portion of blood that contains proteins that are essential for the human body, including antibodies and clotting factors. Antibodies (also known as immunoglobulins) play an important role in health and illness. Many patients living with CIDP, MMN or Variants regularly receive intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) subcutaneous immunoglobulin (SCIG) to treat the…

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APLUS Statement on the State of Plasma

The American Plasma Users Coalition (APLUS) recognizes and applauds the recent statements from the White House that emphasize the importance of plasma and how essential plasma donors are to the healthcare system. This statement rings true for convalescent plasma that may help countless patients battling COVID-19 and is especially true for people all over the…

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What is Convalescent Plasma?

By Dr. David Saperstein Antibodies (also known as immunoglobulins) play an important role in health and illness. Many of you regularly receive intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) to treat your autoimmune disease. Flooding a person’s system with antibodies from normal, healthy individuals can reverse problems caused by abnormally overactive immune systems. However, providing antibodies that fight a specific infection can…

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Update on Home Infusion & Medicare During COVID-19 Pandemic

Earlier this week, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new guidelines for the coverage of home infusion during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new guidelines allow for more flexibility for patients and their physicians to decide the best setting for ongoing treatments. Given your current situation, you may be able to access home…

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#ItsMyTurn

In partnership with Immunoglobulin National Society, we encourage our community to join the #ItsMyTurn campaign. This campaign encourages people who are able, to take action that directly impacts the patients we serve, by donating plasma! How Do I Donate and Join the Campaign? Locate your nearest Plasma Donation Center Donate plasma. Take a picture or a…

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Advocating for Plasma Donations and Home Infusion

The GBS|CIDP Foundation International recently led the American Plasma Users Coalition (APLUS) in creating a letter to federal and state agencies regarding two important topics to our community: plasma donations and home infusion. The Foundation and APLUS want to make sure that lawmakers are aware that plasma collection centers are considered “essential” according to the…

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Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) – March 19th

Dear GBS|CIDP Community, We know that this is a challenging time for everyone as the news of the pandemic is evolving each day. Please know we are here for you and the GBS|CIDP Foundation International is committed to addressing your concerns as accurately and efficiently as possible. A number of our members have reached out…

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Resource from PPTA Regarding COVID-19

The Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) has provided a statement specific to plasma protein therapies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. CLICK HERE to read the statement. The PPTA notes that their Pathogen Safety Steering Committee continues to monitor the situation and is currently working on a broader update for the community. We will share these…

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