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Old 05-23-2010, 08:58 AM   #95 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Rufio View Post
It's absolutely still legal in the states, I'm in college and I know tons of friends that go into the plasma donation center twice a week to donate plasma for some extra spending money
It's technically not legal to sell blood/plasma in the United States. From the American Red Cross web site: "all blood collected for transfusion in the United States must be from volunteer donors."

The way these collection centers get around this is by saying that they are compensating donors for their time or, as BioLife puts it, "We merely offer compensation to our donors for their commitment to the program."

So, yeah, it's a weaselly way to end up being the same thing. But this is why it's still called "donating" plasma. It's also probably why the rate hasn't changed much in the last 15 years, still pretty much around $20/donation.
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