Is self-sufficiency financially viable and ethically justifiable?—the role of the National Blood Authority

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Abstract

The National Blood Authority is committed to the principle of self-sufficiency but also supports the principle of clinical freedom and aims to improve patient care. Methods of increasing plasma yields are being investigated. On-going discussions are being held with the commercial sector concerning the range of products available and methods of improving manufacturing efficiency. It is believed that the NBA can become largely self-sufficient using blood given by the 2 000 000 voluntary donors.

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