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WHEREAS, Plasma Awareness Week is designed to raise awareness of the importance of plasma donation and its impact on patients with rare diseases, recognize the contributions of plasma donors who save and improve lives, and increase understanding about life-saving plasma protein therapies and the conditions they treat; and
WHEREAS, plasma-derived and recombinant therapies, collectively known as plasma protein therapies, are unique, biologic products for which no substitute therapies exist; and
WHEREAS, plasma protein therapies are used to treat many conditions, including hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, primary immunodeficiency diseases, Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hereditary angioedema, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, and Rh negative pregnancies; and
WHEREAS, these therapies substantially increase the quality of life, extend life expectancy, and improve patient outcomes for an estimated 2,500 Virginians; and
WHEREAS, each year, approximately 13,000 pregnant women in Virginia receive a plasma protein therapy to protect mother and baby from complications due to incompatible blood types; and
WHEREAS, there are more than 17 plasma donation centers in the Commonwealth of Virginia certified under the International Quality Plasma Program, where healthy and committed donors provide plasma that is used to manufacture high-impact, life-saving therapies; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia celebrates International Plasma Awareness Week to raise awareness about the importance for source plasma collection;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 7-13, 2018, as PLASMA AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.