Donating Plasma FAQs (2024)


When should I expect my payment?

Most Octapharma donors see payments appear on their prepaid card within 24 hours after a successful plasma donation. If you have not received your payment and it has been more than 24 hours since your last donation, contact your local donation center.

If you have a specific question about a payment amount or discrepancy, please contact a member of your local center management team for assistance.

Octapharma uses two trusted vendors to load and monitor Octapharma Plasma prepaid cards. Their contact information is listed below. Occasionally technical issues might delay payments being added to cards. Octapharma Plasma works closely with our vendors to eliminate any delays.

Northlane Debit Card

Comdata Debit Card

Why is my actual payment different from the payment calculator?

The calculator is an estimate only, and does not include new or unique donor fees. The payment calculator is programmed for returning donors only. Additionally, fees may differ based on location, and special promotions. Please ask your center staff about any specific programs they may be running.

How much money will I make?

The amount of money you make for each successful plasma donation is on a set of factors – your hematocrit, weight, and height. You are able to determine an estimate of your payment by utilizing the link in OctaApp or directly visiting Plasma Payment Calculator – Donor Portal | Octapharma Plasma. After your hematocrit, weight, and height values have been determined in the screening process, an OPI team member will be able to provide an accurate payment for a successful donation. ​Additionally, donor payments may vary month-to-month, by location, or even for special promotions throughout the year.

First-time plasma donors are eligible for aNew Donor Bonus– that bonus can be hundreds of dollars the first month! Reach out to your local donation center staff to learn about New Donor Promotion amounts, regular payments, and current promotions at their center.

Returning plasma donors are paid following every successful donation. Our goal is to fairly compensate you for your generosity. The more frequently you donate, the greater each payout will be. Payments can vary month-to-month, so reach out to your center to find current rates and promotions.

How are donor payments determined?

Your donation experience customized to promote a healthy lifestyle. More hydration, an iron and protein-rich diet, andactivity increases the likelihood of having a lower hematocrit value. A lower hematocrit = increased hydration = higher donationvolume = higher payment.

Octapharma pays for your time with extremely competitive donor payments, bonuses, and other loyalty rewards. Our goal is to make life-saving medications affordable, as well as fairly compensate our donors for their generosity. Together, we are changing and saving the lives of more than 3 million patients each year!

What does weight have to do with payment?

Payment for your donation is based on a combination of weight, height, and hematocrit. With this, you donate a volume of plasmabased off your individual body chemistry which is known as a ‘pure plasma donation.’ Please visit your local center formore information on the current pay scale.

How do I receive my donor payment?

Following every successful donation, your payment will be credited to your Octapharma Plasma prepaid card within 24 hours. Your card is reloaded after every successful donation.

Does every Octapharma center have the same donor payments?

Donation fees are very similar across all Octapharma locations. Some locations have slightly different fees that reflect the unique aspects of the particular city. Donation centers may run their own special promotions/programs with prizes for donors, so please ask your center staff about any promotions they are running.

Why did donor payments go down?

Octapharma occasionally runs limited-time promotions that reward donors for more frequent donations. So, donor payments are not decreased, but rather returning to the normal payment schedule when the promotional period has expired. We recommend checking in monthly with your local center or online here to see current bonus offerings.

Why does another plasma donation center give different prizes than my location?

Each Octapharma Plasma donation center runs its own special promotions and programs and selects prizes for its donors. If you have ideas for prizes, share your suggestions with your local Octapharma Plasma donation center staff.

Does Octapharma Plasma match the money other plasma centers pay?

The amount of money you make for each successful plasma donation is based on the time it takes you to donate and other factors. Additionally, donor fees may vary month-to-month, by location, or even for special promotions throughout the year. Check with your local Octapharma Plasma donation center for more information.

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Donating Plasma FAQs (2024)


What questions do you have to answer to donate plasma? ›

To determine if you are eligible to donate we will:

Ask about your health and travel. Ask about medicines you are taking or have taken. Ask about your risk for infections that can be transmitted by blood—especially AIDS and viral hepatitis. Take your blood pressure, temperature and pulse.

What makes you unfit to donate plasma? ›

LIST OF EXCLUSIONS. Ever been diagnosed or received treatment for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B (HBV) or Hepatitis C (HCV). Ever had a transplant, such as organ or bone marrow. Ever had any major problems with heart, lungs, liver, or kidneys.

Are there any bad things about donating plasma? ›

For most people, donating plasma does not cause any side effects, but some donors can experience fatigue, bruising, bleeding, or dehydration. Additionally, you may feel dizzy or lightheaded. While not typical, fainting can also occur. It's rare, but more serious infections or reactions can occur, which can be treated.

What medications prevent you from donating plasma? ›

  • Accutane.
  • Antibiotics *Donors who are taking antibiotics are eligible to donate 24 hours after their last dose.
  • Anti-Platelet Medications.
  • Avodart.
  • Blood thinners (such as Coumadin, Heparin, Lovenox, Warfarin)
  • Bovine insulin.
  • Hepatitis B Immune Globulin.
  • Human-derived growth hormones.

What medical conditions disqualify you from donating plasma? ›

Those diagnosed with a serious or chronic illness–like high blood pressure, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, or a primary immunodeficiency (PI)–are not eligible to donate plasma. Those who have high blood pressure would need to be tested to see what their current blood pressure is at the time of donating.

Do plasma centers know if you went somewhere else? ›

Donor centers must cross-check every applicant against the national cross-donation check system (CDCS) before each donation to determine whether they are safe to donate and check haven't visited other donor centers outside of the legal donation timeframe or that they haven't been flagged as ineligible by another center ...

What are reasons you cannot donate plasma? ›

Permanent Reasons People Can't Donate
  • Have ever had a positive test for HIV (AIDS virus)
  • Are a hemophiliac.
  • Had viral hepatitis B or hepatitis C.
  • Had certain forms of cancer (contact us regarding medical eligibility at 800.688. 0900)

Why do they check your arms when donating plasma? ›

The screening staff member uses these numbers, along with your sex, height, and weight, to figure out how much plasma you can donate. Next, the screening staff member inspects your arm. They are checking for rashes, plaques, and vein issues that may make it difficult to donate.

What happens to your body when you donate plasma regularly? ›

Several studies have shown that people who give plasma regularly for long periods of time do not experience any problems or side effects. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also has guidelines to limit how often you can give plasma to help keep you safe.

Do you lose weight donating plasma? ›

People burn around 500 calories1 from a blood or plasma donation as the body uses energy to replace the donation.

Who pays the most for plasma? ›

BioLife Plasma Services is among the top payers in the plasma donation industry. On average, BioLife pays about $20 for the first visit and between $30-50 for subsequent donations. Donors can earn up to $1,200 per month, making BioLife an attractive option for regular donors.

Why do I feel weird after donating plasma? ›

It's not uncommon to feel a bit tired after donating plasma. This is your body's way of responding to losing fluids and proteins. Staying hydrated and having a light snack can help alleviate this. We also recommend not doing strenuous physical activity immediately after donating to give your body some time to recover.

Can drugs be detected in plasma? ›

All drugs detectable in plasma are also detectable in urine.

Because the minor tranquilizers are extensively metabolized and new generation benzodiazepines (eg, alprazolam, flunitrazepam, and triazolam) are administered at such low doses, they are difficult to detect in urine at therapeutic concentrations.

What would exclude me from donating plasma? ›

Plasma donors should weigh at least 110 pounds or 50 kilograms. Must pass a medical examination. Complete an extensive medical history screening. Test non-reactive for transmissible viruses including hepatitis and HIV.

How to prevent passing out while giving plasma? ›

One of the best (and easiest) ways to stay well during and after your donation is to do muscle tensing exercises. They'll increase your blood pressure almost immediately, which will help you avoid feeling faint. Do these exercises before the needle goes in or comes out, and before getting up from the donation chair.

What questions do they ask you when you donate blood? ›

You'll answer a few questions about your health history and places you've traveled, during a private and confidential interview. You'll tell us about any prescription and/or over the counter medications that may be in your system. We'll check your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin level.

What do you need to consider when donating plasma? ›

Limiting alcohol and caffeine intake and eating a protein- and iron-rich diet in the days before your appointment can help your body prepare for donation. Eating a healthy snack or meal a few hours before your appointment and staying hydrated is also helpful. Do not use nicotine within an hour of your appointment.

What disqualifies you from donating sperm? ›

There are several potential reasons for SpermBank Inc. to decline a potential sperm donor: You do not meet requirements such as age, travel history, personal/family health history. Your sperm concentration and/or quality is below our minimum amount. Your infectious disease testing results came back positive.

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