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whirlway

Need Some Input on Access Biologicals’ Plasma Donation Program

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Has anyone ever heard of Access Biologicals? This is what they do:

 

Access Biologicals’ Plasma Donation Program educates and recruits patients who have been diagnosed with certain illnesses. Specifically, we look for patients who have either been diagnosed with an infectious disease in the past 2-3 weeks or who have ever been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease or who carry rare, polyclonal antibodies.

 

If you have heard of them or had any experience with them I would appreciate any feedback. From what I can tell, they collect blood samples from people with autoimmune diseases in hopes of finding causes or developing treatments for these type of patients.

Thanks.

~whirlway

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Good question, whirlway. I have had no personal experience with them, but you can read more at this link (found on our Autoantibodies in Scleroderma page):

 

Autoimmune Disease? Get Paid for Your Antibodies!

 

"If you have been diagnosed with and are being treated for any autoimmune disease, you may be eligible to receive up to $500 per plasma donation, as long as your antibody levels are high. For you.S. residents who weigh at least 110 lbs and are at least 18 years of age. Access Biologicals. Posted 06-12-07"


Warm wishes,

Jefa

 

Carrie Maddoux

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums Support Specialist

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums UK Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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I started giving plasma for them yesterday and they paid me $583. They said they will check my plasma to make sure there is nothing wrong with it like AIDS, etc and then I will be giving 1-2 times per week.

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For those who are on Social Security Disability, income from giving blood (such as to Access Biologicals, as mentioned above) is not considered to be "earned income" for purposes of defining whether or not you are working (or earning too much money working).

 

However, it would probably be income to report (that may go against benefits) for those who are on Medicaid or other government assistance programs, I believe. Please keep in mind I'm not a doctor, lawyer, accountant, disability expert, or beautician... :lol: and verify everything I say with a truly reliable source.


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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Just how high do the antibodies have to be to donate? Also does donating plasma cause one to become anemic if they have a propensity for being anemic? An exactly how does one go about getting the plasma drawn and shipped to this company?

 

What are polyclonal antibodies by the way?

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Wohali, I have fixed the link above - apparently the article has been moved since my original post. You should be able to find all the information you need on the Access Biologicals page which is linked in the article:

 

http://www.accessbiologicals.com/tobecomeadonor.html

 

There is a FAQ (frequently asked questions) on their site which should answer your questions.

 

As for polyclonal antibodies, I am not an expert but I believe that it is a mixture of antibodies which are active against a specific antigen. Any time you see the prefix poly- it means 'many'. Someone else may be able to explain better.


Warm wishes,

Jefa

 

Carrie Maddoux

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums Support Specialist

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums UK Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Hey Whirlway,

 

It's nice to hear from you. I think of you often.

 

I believe you mentioned this to me before, way back when in an email. I had forgotten about it, so appreciate you bringing it back up. It's something I would be interested in reviewing as well.

 

Hope things are going OK with you and your sister.


Warm and gentle hugs,

 

Pamela

ISN Support Specialist

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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I just called Access Biologicals and just having a positive test for CREST or Sclero is not necessarily enough to get into the program. The antibodies have to be at a certain level. So I have to fax over my latest test results to be considered. And as far as the nearest center I would have to travel over 2 hrs each way so I don't know if I can get someone to drive me there and back.

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For the blood test I went to a local Unilab but for the actual plasma donation we traveled 1 1/2 hours about 83 miles. It depends on where you live, you might be close to a facility. My husband and I weighed the distance and figured it was worth it as it only cost us $20 in gas and since they paid me $583 we made $563. During the procedure I was fine but towards the end I was very weak and passed out and on the way home I was very weak and lost my breakfast, lunch and dinner! BUT I was there for about 5 hours and hadn't eaten and didn't drink anything. They tried to give me some soup beforehand but it didn't help much.

 

I read a lot about the side effects and how to stop them when I got home. They say the best way to avoid getting weak is to be VERY hydrated and eat a high protein diet with lots of fruit and veggies. Also eat high protein food within 1 hour of giving. Don't eat anything high in fat as your plasma can't be used if the fat content is too high. I didn't know this and went to Baker's Burgers beforehand and had a burrito with extra cheese, some fries and a milkshake. My fat content was a little high but not too high so they gave me 2 ounces of straight lemon juice and retested my blood 45 minutes later and it was fine. Please don't let my experience deter you from giving as I was there with at least 50 other people who didn't get sick at all. They said that it is very rare to vomit, normal for someone to pass out on the first time and normal to be weak.

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I am actually in a program for having a positive AMA 1:160 as it was rarer to find than someone with high numbers for Sclero. As Wohali said they are looking for people with high numbers, I don't exactly know what numbers they are looking for.

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Oddly enough they were more interested talking to me about my B19-Parvovirus infection than the antibodies for CREST. Though I wonder if I had known to contact them back when my CREST ANA was 1:2,560 they might have sent out a private jet. :lol:

 

Well I got contacted by email by them after I called so I guess I will fax over my test results since the email said that time was of the essence.

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