Blood Transfusion Supplement 1 (off subscription) (January)
Renewed considerations on ethical values for blood and plasma donations and donors
Authors:  Gilles Folléa, Erhard Seifried, Jeroen de Wit
Pages:  387-388
To cite this article:  Blood Transfus 2014; 12 Suppl 1: s387-8
Doi:  10.2450/2013.0011-13
Published online:  21/02/2013

In this issue of Blood Transfusion, Carlo Petrini, Head of the Bioethics Unit of the National Institute of Health in Italy, reviews the ethical implications for blood and plasma donors involved in supplying plasma for the production of plasma-derived medicinal products1. There has been constant debate on this topic for a long time now, particularly regarding voluntary non-remunerated donations (VNRD) as opposed to paid donations. However, whereas issues regarding patients' safety, donors' safety and the impact on blood and plasma supply to meet patients' needs have been extensively discussed2-4, the ethical values underpinning this debate have hardly been considered in the recent past. In this respect, the article by Carlo Petrini, much inspired by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics report on "Human bodies: donation for medicine and research"5, brings a renewed vision of these ethical values which it is important to share with the "blood community" and all other concerned stakeholders. (…)
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