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Watch #ItsMyTurn: Becoming a Plasma Donor Hero and learn more about the campaign to increase plasma donations and how you can help

If you are not eligible to donate plasma, will you talk to at least 3 friends or family members about becoming a Plasma Donor Hero?

Use the hashtag #ItsMyTurn when posting on social media. Let’s get ahead of this crisis by asking people to donate plasma for life-saving therapies!

#ItsMyTurn: Becoming a Plasma Donor Hero

MSU is a supporter of the Immunoglobulin National Society (IgNS) and the #ItsMyTurn campaign. We are proud to assist in this critical effort to increase plasma donations and help save lives. Ask your family members and friends to donate plasma, which is used to manufacture IVIG and SCIG, off-label treatments used for myositis.

With physical distancing restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, fewer people are donating plasma now. This will cause a shortage of plasma products, such as IVIG, within the coming year. Becoming a plasma donor is one way those of us who are not on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19 can bring some good into the world. 

Watch the video to learn about plasma donation and find your local plasma donation center. Plasma donation is down 25% and without an increase in plasma donors there could be a shortage of IG (IVIG, SCIG) used to treat myositis and many other diseases. Please share this page to help spread the word and use the hashtag #ItsMyTurn.

#ItsMyTurn: IgNS Plasma Donation Initiative

Download the IgNS #ItsMyTurn Patient Call to Action Letter below and share it with your family members and friends, near and far. This letter includes the details for you to become a #PlasmaDonorHero!

It takes 250 plasma donors to treat one myositis patient for one year with IG therapy. We face a potential shortage of life-saving immunoglobulin therapy without an increase in plasma donors. Share this page with your social networks, and ask your family members and friends to donate plasma and to join the #ItsMyTurn campaign.

Locate your Plasma Donation Center

As you learned during the webinar, you must live within a certain distance of a plasma donation center.

Easily find your center along with the contact information to schedule an appointment for plasma donation.

Webinar provided by Myositis Support and Understanding featuring:

Immunoglobulin National Society (IgNS) is a professional organization dedicated to developing and sustaining the advancement of knowledge, education, and practice of nursing and pharmacy in the field of immunoglobulin therapy.

CSI Pharmacy is a nationwide specialty pharmacy, founded by pharmacists and dedicated to providing services for patients with chronic and rare illnesses that require complex care.

About our speakers

Michelle Vogel, MPA

Michelle Vogel, MPA

Vice President of Patient Advocacy and Provider Relations at CSI Pharmacy

Ms. Vogel will discuss the status of the immune globulin supply and the importance of plasma donations to prevent another shortage.

Luba Sobolevsky, PharmD

Luba Sobolevsky, PharmD

Founding Executive Director of IgNS

Dr. Sobolevsky will provide an overview of the role of plasma in the manufacture of immune globulin and other therapies.

Rachel Colletta, BSN, IgCN, CRNI

Rachel Colletta, BSN, IgCN, CRN

Director of Educational Resources at the IgNS

Ms. Colletta will discuss IgNS’s #ItsMyTurn campaign to increase plasma donations.

 

James Sheets, PharmD

James Sheets, PharmD

Founder and CEO of CSI Pharmacy

Dr. Sheets will discuss CSI Pharmacy’s efforts to increase plasma donations, including their employee plasma donation campaign.

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