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We are pleased to supply all of the major plasma derived product groups, including…

  • Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG)
  • Albumin
  • Factors
  • Hyper-immunes

McKesson has direct relationships with plasma manufacturers-ensuring pedigree compliance, so that you receive direct-from-manufacturer products

As the leader in product distribution we understand the importance of having the products you need and at the right time.

With more than 176 years in the distribution business and a proven track record within the pharmaceutical industry, McKesson will provide the same world-class distribution service for your plasma products as with your pharmaceutical needs.

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Plasma Basics

How is plasma-derived products made?
Blood is essentially made up of two components, cells and plasma. The cells are either red blood cells or white blood cells, which carry out a variety of important functions. Plasma is the liquid that remains after the cells are centrifuged out of the blood.

Plasma contains a large number of proteins which facilitate blood clotting, defending the body against invasion by infectious agents, the transport of materials in the blood, and roles in cleansing the blood of toxins. These protein components of blood can be fractionated, purified, and used to treat diseases that result from defects in these plasma components.

Plasma-derived products are manufactured from batches of blood plasma collected from many thousands of blood donors. The processing of plasma is very costly and time consuming. Blood plasma, once processed, can be further separated into a number of valuable blood products. The process by which plasma is separated into some of its different component parts is known as fractionation.

Plasma derivatives
This fractionation process results in a handful of Plasma derivatives. About 70% of these Plasma derivatives fall into the following categories:

  • IVIG
  • Albumin
  • Factors

Intravenous Immunoglobin, referred to as IVIG, is a blood product administered intravenously. It contains antibodies extracted from the plasma of over one thousand blood donors and is used to treat immune deficiencies, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, and acute infections

Serum albumin, often referred to as albumin, is the most abundant plasma protein in the human body and is essential for regulating blood volume and carrying molecules throughout the blood stream.

Factors, also referred to as blood clotting factors or by the individual factor number, are the best known of the plasma products and are a key component to coagulation. These products administered to individuals who are genetically unable to produce all of the components necessary for Blood clotting. The most commonly known need is for Factor VIII, a Blood clotting agent, by hemophiliacs.

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