PPTA Statements

The Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) remains deeply concerned about the proposal to ban compensated plasma donation in the Province of Ontario, Canada. The proposed legislation, Ontario Bill 178, unfairly targets compensated plasma donation on alleged bases of safety and Canada’s goal of self-sufficiency in regards to the supply of plasma-derived medicinal products.

The Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association released the following statement regarding passage of the H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

"PPTA recognizes the historic achievement of President Obama and Congress in providing affordable, quality health care to millions of Americans.

Last week, the President and Congress could not come to an agreement and on March 1, 2013 sequestration, $85 billion in across the board federal spending cuts, went into effect.

Background
Following the meeting of the Blood Commission on November 16, 2011, where the Amrein et al. study of plateletpheresis donors that reported bone mineral density (BMD) losses at one of three skeletal sites was associated with donating platelets1 was discussed, the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) was asked to respond to the suggestion that Source Plasma donors

Dear PPTA Stakeholders,

PPTA is pleased to announce that, as of today, reporting of data on the U.S. supply of certain plasma protein therapies has resumed.

Statements in the international media have described the events resulting from the retraction by several leading medical journals of a large number of articles describing scientific studies by a German physician, Joachim Boldt. Boldt was dismissed from his position as head of anesthesia in the Klinikum Ludwigshafen in the state of Rheinland-Pfalz in Germany in November 2010, following initial findings by a leading anesthesia journal that a paper describing a clinical study which Boldt published in the journal had been fabricated.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is warning Floridians, especially Key West residents, of a viral disease, Dengue fever, that is being spread by a mosquito species.

Parvoviruses are small, non-enveloped DNA viruses that infect both vertebrate and invertebrate hosts. The human Parvovirus PARV4 has first been described in 2005 by Jones et al. For PARV4 no associated disease or specific symptoms have been observed.

[FDA Blood Products Advisory Committee: July 20, 2009]

The Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) is pleased to provide comments to the Blood Products Advisory Committee (BPAC) on the issue of clinical and surrogate endpoints for evaluating efficacy of Alpha 1-Proteinase Inhibitor (A1-PI) therapies.

PPTA member companies are committed to providing safe and effective therapies and PPTA understands that patients who rely on these often life-saving therapies may have concerns about the possible transmission of Swine Influenza Virus through them in view of the recent outbreak in humans. Therapies produced by PPTA members remain safe and available.