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CIDP Treated With Plasma-Derived Therapy
Date:4/24/2009

deficient receive the therapy.

"IVIG is produced from plasma that is donated by healthy, committed donors across the nation," said Julie Birkofer, PPTA Vice President, North America. Plasma is the straw-colored, liquid portion of whole blood that remains when red blood cells, platelets and other cellular components are removed. It is rich in proteins needed to fight infection, clot blood, and ensure proper lung function.

Source plasma used to produce life-saving therapies like IVIG is donated by healthy, committed individuals at 380 government licensed and International Quality Plasma Program-certified plasma collections centers in the U.S., Europe and Canada.

"Across the country, tens of thousands of individuals rely on plasma protein therapies to treat rare, chronic diseases and disorders, which include hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, primary immunodeficiency diseases, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, Kawasaki disease, and certain autoimmune and neurological disorders like CIDP," said Birkofer. "IVIG is a vital protein replacement therapy that treats diseases that are often life-threatening and always serious and chronic."

To learn more about lifesaving plasma protein therapies, visit www.pptaglobal.org. To find out how to become a plasma donor and become an important part of saving someone's life, visit www.donatingplasma.org. Visit www.gbs-cidp.org for more information about CIDP. For information about primary immunodeficiency disease, visit www.primaryimmune.org.

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