Is Buying and Selling Plasma Ethical?

Is Buying and Selling Plasma Ethical?

Top of Mind with Julie Rose

Venezuela, Friendship, Letters and Loss, New York Nunchucks

Episode: Venezuela, Friendship, Letters and Loss, New York Nunchucks

  • Jan 28, 2019 11:00 pm
  • 16:49 mins

Guest: Brendan Leier, Clinical Ethicist at the University of Alberta and Stollery Children’s Hospitals & Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. There are two plasma donation centers within walking distance of BYU’s campus. That’s not unusual: across the country, plasma donation is most popular with people who are cash-strapped, including college students. But donation isn’t really the right word, because donors get paid. America is the only country in the world where selling your blood is so widely accepted. A few provinces in Canada have started allowing it recently –which has reignited a long-running debate over the ethics and safety of selling plasma.