Grifols is a global healthcare company that makes medications out of plasma to treat chronic conditions.
They operate a network of plasma donation centers all across the country. In Utah, the centers are under the names Grifols, Biomat USA and Talecris Plasma Resources.
We talked with Vlasta Hakes, Grifols Director of Corporate Affairs, who told us plasma is needed now more than ever because of the pandemic.
People who rely on the medicines made from plasma are even more at risk of COVID-19.
If you're able to donate, Hakes says it's important to know that it's a procedure people do thousands of times a day. It's similar to blood donation, but takes a little more time. So, just plan on sitting back and relaxing for a bit.
Grifols is taking extra precautions to keep their donors and employees safe. You'll notice a lot of safety protocols including plexiglass between donation beds, social distancing and mandatory mask wearing. They're also monitoring temperatures.
Hakes also told us about something really interesting about COVID. People who've had it develop antibodies, so Grifols is collecting plasma from people known to have had the virus to make medicine that's specific for COVID-19 future cases. Right now she says there are two clinical trials going on and they should have the results soon.
To find a donation center near you, visit grifolsplasma.com.