tv Documentary RT September 3, 2017 7:29pm-8:01pm EDT
welcome to the wonderful world of blood donations around the world giving blood is seen as a symbol of generosity one of the noblest acts in modern society but the reality is different altogether. if there's the perfect money making industry our willingness to pay for available therapies basically especially for a loved ones knows no bounds at the heart of this business class mom a yellow liquid rich in proteins it's the main component of blood it's more expensive than oil it's
a look struck that child i bought it down to did he does it processed else a new book anybody smiths called acceptable p. doma shall die inch systemic keep down may. be sure to push he did you pull. off a motor car community of them in the us should get out please kill me so. i don't want to do and i'm sure most of us. we decided to explore a little known area within the health industry the blood train. our investigation took us to france germany and the us they don't like us to interview the head on oh yeah may you know why they don't want something a door right they need to stop public want to know. today carlos is donating blood despite his busy job he's a regular blood donor at the red cross center in los on carlos sees his act as
a sign of commitment to the community. achieving more than one hundred million. donations are collected each year worldwide in two thousand and fifteen. the swiss red cross registered three hundred eleven thousand donations the figure diminishes each year and they're constantly seeking new donors their message is clear giving blood saves lives. southwest of much of new. sickish it might add to. the. more similar to do dishes. that's going to want. pushed who've come in. the board to prolong the need to get into this woman. who they are
but blood is a quite peculiar juice said devil with glee but he's not the only want to be interested health is also an industry and blood donations are subject to the laws of the market. but. it will just. when you don't before giving blood these swiss donors must complete a medical question ear and give their informed consent in particular there is one line at the end of the form a sentence in small letters i am aware that some components of my donation may be used for the production of drugs only a few donors read this line though it's crucial in reality most of the donated blood is soldier private companies something the red cross doesn't advertise. to help them. sponsor thomas and luke spend them. thus
enfold luke spends. just in these the boot spend and since not in style it's been plus an. investment. plethora. and getting thoughts to them on that include pushed on tile in the system plus muscle that. sent the samangan direct into entropy taylor get off to the indian. ties to the nth and the uncool some to too low stop and decent these as well the woman is at stealth and uses the title to us into fast off to put scent gate in the so going on to talk till needed induced to leave us in fear. look they're on to come and tell them the plasma fractionation industry these are the pharmaceutical companies that buy eighty thousand liters of plasma from the red cross each year the humanitarian institution
makes nearly ten million swiss francs from this sale by the donors aware of it. doesn't it is some kind of remember doing yesterday between a song pop boss. saying by no man more the boss of the shows i. don't wonder so i'm against the defense because we don't need most on a p.r. priscus to solve ai vernia. this being a case wait to see it done is a plea to the summit and watching. them when you don't do something to me muschamp innocent first discovery the majority of the donors blood is sold to pharmaceutical industries. the industry is so interested in carlos's blood for a specific reason it's liquid part called plasma contains sought after proteins. they are used to make very expensive and profitable drugs. who are the players
behind this industry. we decided to track the. trade. typically fifty seven percent of its. class. liquid poison the whole flight to transport water and usually. it is composed of approximately ninety percent water and ten percent. plasma industry is healing chant a handful of companies share the world market baxter in the usa. and australia and your foals in spring and the company farm in switzerland which we discover through these promotional films material is produced by the perfect bio reactor developed over millions of years of evolution the human body for these companies plasma is nothing but a raw material and very lucrative to europe and the professional term is fractionation
the name of the procedure that transforms donors plasma into drugs to do this with a callback to freeze and mix thousands of liters of human plasma these companies control a market which is worth seventeen billion dollars and growing steadily history so that the plasma gong margaery the president and co-founder of dr pharma is a very discrete person forbes estimates his fortune at six billion dollars this is one of his very rare public appearances how do you see the future developing these products lifesaving drugs and they will be required for some patient groups as a lifelong therapy and presumably they're covered by in most insurance they have to be as to very expensive but that is also the other part of the same from the same calling them many countries who simply cannot afford to provide this kind of level
of treatment to the population yet at least it sounds easier to say what. class will be a bit well enough to just go through your population your country the ploughs well and you'll be in good shape when you make those products it's not the case. remains a family business dedicated to the way it's going to patients to go. in that life adventure. throughout the world the lives of millions of patients depend on these treatments tomorrow is one of them today she's receiving her treatment at a hospital in bear since childhood she suffers from an immune deficiency that causes repeated infections. yeah thanks to her plasma based treatment tamar's life has become easier so much so
that it would be difficult for her to go without. that horse and they may say shut up it's very janya. to escape was quick. to say. that today in fact in fact the only bit. of also he had or didn't forsee all of whom are. going to skate at everest but i'm ok. as the saying. we. have to get there for the not there tomorrow when my head. clerk could have on the soap and make up but so you'd have a day before. get up take them kindly softly deeply thought it on them to could all see flash to seek
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the plasmas origin isn't public information it's a trade secret we decide to visit swiss medic this is the swiss authority in charge of drug control including their origin these expert analyzed plasma samples each week as well as the blood derived products that are used in hospitals and you. know just in profit pools. is they not only cooked and it's. down to. the department. you know. donte tastes. but the bait but the. live feed. didn't do then see. the can be simply going to.
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from cleveland. west twenty fifth street. in the cleveland united states we decided to travel there. what politicians do you sometimes feel. they put themselves on the line to get accepted or rejected. so when you want to express an injury. or something wanted. it to be like to be for us this is what will befall us three in the morning can't be good. i'm interested always in the waters of the holidays. i should. say.
i'm max kaiser one more of my guide to financial survival this is fun it's a device used by professional scallywags to earn money. that's right these hedge funds are simply not accountable and we're just adding more and more to them. to stabilize the global economy you need to protect yourself and get in for what's keyser. west twenty fifth street the address listed in swiss medics register some of your
plasma used in the drug sold in switzerland comes from here. this blood collection center belongs to the australian company c.s.l. donate plasma save lives earn up to two hundred dollars a month. there are donor ads everywhere which tell us that the volunteers are paid for their blood. as opposed to most european countries the usa allows compensation for blood donations this practice is legal. we enter the premises which are under heavy surveillance impossible to speak with the span of. just this moment taking actions. as you know we did you know from the ok from us this is an across the street it's good to get to. the center is in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods. cleveland is
a devastated city the financial. isis of two thousand and eight was a fatal blow. pastor lester williams knows the reality of life in this neighborhood many of his church followers sell their plasma. t.v. here you should know that. well you know i guess you know it's legal so i will probably get it does will people just do it but what you strange is that companies they continue to call this a donation. but what she's a donation way when you pay someone is not
a go to. is not it's not free just little donation should be should be free to do they do exploiting exploring people who are in whatever condition the is economically. and actually now to do a nation actually paying for i'll be in charge of acute awareness of the charge in switzerland for the pleasant soul to make your money on it and both you know the little that they're giving to these people is not very much. in cleveland all the market leaders are represented to see us out riffles. we also find octo pharma the swiss company which produces tamara's drug. like that to. the head of a bull market goes there twice
a week to sell its plasma. budget right now. for thirty two bucks for forty five dollars fifty. sure. so i had to say. true to twenty five. and i found out that i can with a plasma or you know or you know that's the problem when you're on tight budget it's a fragile thing you know. we wanted to go inside with him to speak with the people in charge this turned out to be impossible the hostility increased the closer we got to the center. looking at you you were and public property it is that everybody is now part of my friends meeting so we question donors outside in the parking lot. first this kind of like the extra money thing you know
just to get a little money on the. indian it just kind of became a regular firstly first start you get fifty dollars the first. new customer in after day on tuesday or thursday is any two days a week you get twenty dollars in any go up to forty dollars along if you've been donating now for a year. it's starting to let you know. that's yes this. is good for the families is good for my family and. so one hand wash does. no one does it for any kind of moral reasons no one does it for them or no one no one does it because it helps people it's just that's one of the side of things is that it helps. the procedure is well established as soon as the plasma bottle is full the donor's credit card is created. here really here now.
this is the plasma or a blood bank or so. like a regular. they put their money on your car immediately after you get done. sometimes. they forget to put the money on your car and you've got to call the number on your car you know because if you don't call the number on your card you're going to be without money. after the economic crisis donations soared in the usa going from fifteen million in two thousand and seven to thirty two million in two thousand and fourteen luke schaefer is a sociologist at michigan university. when we look at the numbers of families reporting cash incomes below two dollars per person per day in any given month. it well more than doubles over
a fifteen year period and when we look at the number of families who are who are on food stamps it actually quadrupled emergency that goes through the roof so when all of these things are put in the same direction and. we walked into the plasma clinic down the street and just asked people why are you here what's going on people lost their jobs haven't been able to find work you know in many cases that's going to be the only and i mean in the household it's their only option. we rejoined mark at the entrance to the center it didn't work out the way he wanted the center refused him because his blood pressure was too high. to be able to donate. and it's very important. i take my blood pressure medication and i think i think. that then if you
can build a good it's a good supply this. well you see it is it is it is. likely it's not life or death it's kind of has to do with. as valuable stuff. that i might have to ask friends if they you know just for you know i mean i'll take care of it soon i'll be able to i'll be able to get my blood pressure straighten out and that's why it is good for me to travel. we accompanied him to a small subsidized apartment that he's been living in for a year. money to make a cell phone home when i had my stroke it was about three years ago i went
into the doctor's to be quite honest i was drinking a lot i was doing drugs i was combining a lot of bad stuff you know so the next day i went to the cleveland clinic which is one of our really good hospitals in cleveland. in the word with people that thought of a lot of money as you get raided it when you get raided it may mean you can basically go there for free and get health care and as we're qualifying the lady do it you say oh you're way below poverty level i'm like way below you know there's below and it was way below so that was an eye opener. there are times when. for my own self-esteem i don't want to accept help or want to be able to. to say no thanks but no fix to
a god to form. it's kind of easy money. it's necessary at least for me it's necessary. for mark and many other americans blood is last source of income. he could no longer donate he'd have no wind. but all of these blood donations are affecting his health. david mongolians is a doctor in one of the city's largest public hospitals metro health is the safety net system for cleveland we take care of people were guard us of their ability to pay for a lot of our patients and the people that we take care of at metro health this is their one of the few strategies that they can use to get money out of the
literature of say about the long term effects of donating to the weak i couldn't find anything in the literature describing what the effects or i know from talking to my patients who do donate plasma that they're tired so they get fatigued they have headaches but beyond that. now all i know is the red cross has one time a month and these guys are doing it twice a week. to talk to this individual who's donating my patient and he may not be able to afford a cell phone bill or rents and that is more important for his health potentially than the down side effects of donating because if he doesn't have a cell phone he can't get a job. or he can't pay his bills. you know freeze so. this is the. the dilemma that were and. what if you
could earn extra money while doing something great for others to farm up last month you can not only our plasma donations by dole to the treatment of rare chronic internet it diseases you could also the usa is the world's main exporter of human plasma with seventy percent of the world market their success is based on a foolproof recipe by building on this type of campaign they nurture the image of a country with excellent sanitary conditions. the market is under the supervision of the food and drug administration the f.d.a. stamp is a guarantee of quality opening the doors to the international market each week frozen plasma is dispatched in shipments mainly to europe. this is the other side of the american dream masses of poor people willing to sell their blood they provide an unlimited pool of primary material we wanted to understand the conditions in which blood is collected seven am in cleveland in the
parking lot of pharma. i caved in the mud as dead heat. and i want to get no more i just smog and i didn't need flour we need it most killed me so. i don't want to do gangnam i get it dad now phrase you know it is look i'm providing. a motor car. and. these stories illustrate the industrial pace and inadequate checks however the pharma assures the authorities that there is strict donor monitoring but if that's the case why didn't the swiss company let a sentence you have just why did they prevent us from talking to the staff it's how our it's donor selected to check we had to go and see for ourselves with a hit. camera.
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