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Californians Recognized For Role In Helping Rare Disease Patients Who Need Lifesaving Therapies
Date:9/1/2011

ommitted plasma donors. The state of California is home to 15 plasma collection centers. As California celebrates the generosity of its donors and raises awareness for the rare diseases that are treated with the therapies during Plasma Protein Therapies Month, we encourage everyone to thank donors who help to ensure a higher quality of life for patients across the United States and around the world.

"Plasma-derived therapies start with dedicated donors such as those in California and patients with rare, life-threatening, chronic and genetic medical disorders depend on healthy donors to commit to a lengthy screening process and a long-term dedication to regular donations," said Josh Penrod, Vice President, PPTA Source. "By recognizing plasma protein therapies month, we salute donors who understand the urgent need for the sustained supply of plasma to ensure the production of these critical, lifesaving therapies."

For more information about plasma protein therapies, the diseases they treat and donating plasma, please go to www.donatingplasma.org. For more information on the plasma collection industry or to arrange an interview with a patient, please contact Kara Flynn at (443) 458-4669 or Kym H. Kilbourne at (443) 458-4682.

The Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) represents the world's leading manufacturers of plasma-derived and recombinant biological therapies, collectively known as plasma protein therapies and the collectors of source plasma. These critical therapies are infused or injected by more than 1 million people worldwide to treat a variety of rare, life threatening diseases and serious medical conditions. PPTA members produce in excess of 80 percent of the plasma protein therapies used in the United States today and more than 60 percent worldwide. PPTA is a global trade association that administers international, voluntary standards progr
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