Plasma Donation Programs

There are hundreds of proteins and antibodies found within human plasma and occasionally someone may have a special or unique antibody. These special antibodies can be naturally occurring or may even be developed from certain vaccinations. The staff at Cangene Plasma Resources will discuss with you at your initial visits which plasma donation programs you may be eligible for.

Normal Source Plasma Program
Rh Immune Globulin (Anti-D) Program
Hepatitis B Immune Globulin (HepB) Program
Whole Blood Donation Program
Other Programs

For all of our plasma programs, the quickest way to get started is to contact your nearest Cangene Plasma Resources center to set up your initial appointment. Contact us at 866-563-1266 to see which plasma programs you may be eligible for and to schedule your first appointment. Compensation for plasma donation can vary depending on plasma program.


Normal Source Plasma

Plasma collected from our Normal Source donors will be used to create various immune globulin medications which can be used to treat a variety of illnesses and autoimmune disorders.  We are continually looking for additional Normal Source Plasma donors as there is an increased need for this plasma.

To participate in this program, you must be eligible for plasma donation.  Click here to view information about plasma donation eligibility.

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Rh Immune Globulin (Anti-D)

Plasma collected from our Anti-D donors is used to create an Rho (D)Immune Globulin product. This is a medicine that is given to pregnant women in certain cases to prevent Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn (HDN), a serious condition which often results in the death of the unborn baby. Our plasma donors participating in this program produce a specific antibody in their plasma that prevents HDN and is crucial to creating an Rho (D) Immune Globulin. This plasma program is important because these donors are saving babies lives with each plasma donation.

Some of our Anti-D Plasma donors have been donating plasma for over 40 years.  Click on our “Making a Difference” video to hear directly from some of these women why they continue to donate plasma.

To participate in this program, you must be eligible for plasma donation, have an Rh-negative blood type and, if female, be permanently unable to have children.

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Hepatitis B Immune Globulin (Anti-HB)

Plasma collected from our Anti-HB donors is used to produce an immune globulin medication that protects people who are accidently exposed to Hepatitis B.  Our plasma donors participating in this program produce a high level (or titer) of Hepatitis-B-fighting antibodies.

To participate in this program, you must be eligible for plasma donation and have previously received a Hepatitis B vaccination or be willing to be vaccinated for Hepatitis B.

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Whole Blood Donation

Whole Blood donors at Cangene Plasma Resources have very special blood types. The red blood cells collected from these donors are used in our Rh Immune Globulin (Anti-D) program.

To participate in this program, you need to be eligible for blood donation, need to have an Rh-positive blood type and preferably also have an O or A blood type. Whole Blood donors of African descent or ancestry are particularly needed for this program.

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Other Programs

Diagnostic Red Blood Cell Antibodies
Donors participating in this program have unique or rare Red Blood Cell Antibodies, either occurring naturally or developed through pregnancy or a blood transfusion. Antibodies collected from these donors are used to make blood bank typing seras needed to keep blood transfusions safe and possible. Eligibility for this program will vary, so those who have been told they have a rare or unique Red Blood Cell antibody should contact a nearby Cangene Plasma Resources center.

Disease-state Antibodies
Donors who may have recently been diagnosed with a viral illness such as Hepatitis A or B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Mononucleosis, Chickenpox and many other illnesses, or who have chronic and/or recurring conditions such as Shingles or Rheumatoid Arthritis may be eligible to participate. Antibodies from our Disease-state donors are used to make test kits that help diagnose others with the same condition. Eligibility for this program will vary, so those who have been recently diagnosed or who have a chronic condition should contact a nearby Cangene Plasma Resources center.

Varicella Zoster Immune Globulin (Anti-VZV)
Plasma collected from donors who have been recently vaccinated against chickenpox can be used to produce an immune globulin medication that can help treat pregnant women exposed to or infected with chickenpox. To participate in this program, you must be eligible for plasma donation and have been vaccinated against chickenpox within the last 30 days.

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