USA Exports More Blood Than Soybeans or Corn

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Many areas of the U.S. are struggling to meet the blood needs of local residents even as the country supplies 70% of the world’s plasma
  • Most for-profit donation centers are in the poorest areas where residents sell plasma to help pay for food and shelter
  • Big Pharma also targets college students, advertising money for books in exchange for plasma used to feed antiaging technology startups
  • China uses half the global demand for serum albumin to treat a rising number with liver disease; despite environmental contaminants in the blood, U.S. blood is identified as one of the safest sources 

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