What is Specialty Plasma?
Everyone’s plasma is unique. And in special cases, it contains specific levels of certain antibodies required to manufacture some Grifols medicines. These medications include rabies and tetanus immunoglobulin. We invite you to look into our Specialty Plasma Programs. Not all our centers participate in these programs, so ask a center staff member or check out the center's webpage to see if they are offered.
For some of these programs, we look for donors with higher levels of specific antibodies. So, you will have to get a separate test at a participating center to see if you qualify for one of the programs below.
Anti-Hepatitis B Program
Have you had the three-shot series of Hepatitis B vaccine? This special program collects plasma from donors who have been vaccinated for Hepatitis B and have formed Hepatitis B antibodies. These antibodies are not naturally occurring. Successful donors have been immunized against Hepatitis B. We are looking for individuals with high Hepatitis B antibodies. The more recent your last Hepatitis B vaccination, the more likely it is that your antibodies are high.
Are you Rh Negative? This special program collects plasma from donors with the Rho D antibody and uses it to make anti-D immunoglobulin, an injection given to Rh negative mothers during pregnancy and immediately after labor and delivery to prevent thousands of infant deaths each year due to Rh incompatibility. We can do a simple blood test to see if your plasma contains this antibody. If you do, you can qualify for this program.
Have you recently had a tetanus shot? This special program collects plasma from donors who have been vaccinated for tetanus and have formed tetanus antibodies. These antibodies are not naturally occurring. This special plasma is used to make tetanus immunoglobulin for use in the prevention and treatment of tetanus. This disease, also known as lockjaw, affects hundreds of individuals yearly. If you have received a tetanus vaccine recently or have not received a tetanus vaccine in 10 years, you are an excellent candidate for this program.
This program collects plasma from donors who have been vaccinated for rabies. Donors in this program have plasma high in these antibodies, which can be used to produce lifesaving rabies immunoglobulin products. Rabies is a disease that affects the central nervous system and is transmitted by coming into contact with the saliva of an infected animal. Rabies can be contracted if you are bitten, scratched, or come into contact with infected saliva from a rabid animal.