Frequently Asked Questions

What is plasma? 

Plasma is the part of your blood that holds various kinds of proteins, including antibodies. These antibodies are much needed for drug and vaccine research.

Is it safe to donate?

Yes. Plasma Med Research is FDA regulated, HIPAA compliant, and uses IRB approved protocols for protection of your safety and privacy.

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What does PMR do with my plasma? 

Plasma Med Research runs tests and makes it available to clinical research laboratories.

How often can I donate?

You can donate plasma up to twice per week in most cases, and each donation qualifies for a payment. Mileage and other travel expenses may also be reimbursed.

Who is eligible to donate?

Donors must be:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 65
  • Weigh between 110 and 400 pounds
  • Be able to provide documentation for respective indication

Will my donation be private?

Absolutely. Plasma Med Research complies with all donor-privacy regulations.

How should you prepare for your donation?

Eat a well-balanced meal within two hours of your donation appointment (but please try to avoid fatty, greasy foods and significant amounts of dairy) and to drink a lot of water. Maintaining a healthy diet and drinking plenty of non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages the day before and the day of donating is very important. Just before donating, we recommend avoiding strenuous exercise, alcohol consumption, and smoking.

What should you do after you donate?

After the completion of their donation we encourage our donors to eat a snack or light meal and drink plenty of fluids following the donation.  Donors should keep the needle stick site clean and dry and only remove bandages after two or more hours. If any symptoms persist, we advise donors to contact our facility and ask to speak to a qualified medical professional. If one or more symptoms are severe, donors should seek professional medical attention as soon as possible.