New plasma center opens on Milwaukee's north side amid critical need for plasma donations

NOW: New plasma center opens on Milwaukee’s north side amid critical need for plasma donations

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A new plasma center has opened on Milwaukee's north side, CSL Plasma.

Now, people in the Milwaukee area will have another option to give the life-saving donation of plasma to someone in need.

There is a critical need for human plasma donations, which are used to produce therapies that treat rare diseases such as primary immune deficiencies, hereditary angioedema, inherited respiratory disease, hemophilia and other bleeding and neurological disorders.

Every year it takes more than 1,200 plasma donations to treat one hemophilia patient, more than 900 to treat one alpha-1 patient and more than 130 to treat one primary immune deficiency patient.

Eligible, qualified plasma donors receive payments for the time and commitment involved in donating plasma. 

CBS 58's Kim Shine was at CSL Plasma on Tuesday, Dec. 21 to learn more about donating plasma. 

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