Plasma donation is a relatively pain-free procedure and with today's modern donation center facilities, you can check your email, watch TV and even receive free child care during your visit. Missourians who donate plasma are paid for their donation and at the same time are helping provide new protein therapies for rare and genetic disease research. The monetary payment you receive for your donation varies by center and your weight, as individuals who weigh more will provide more plasma during the procedure.
Locate a plasma donation center in your area. The three companies that offer paid plasma donations in Missouri are Plasma Biological Services Inc., BioLife Plasma Services and CSL Plasma. For a list of the three companies' eight Missouri locations, see the Resources.
Visit your local plasma donation center's website to check on eligibility requirements. Most donation centers require that applicants be 18 years of age or older, weigh more than 110 pounds and pass two physical examinations at the center to rule out any viruses or diseases.
Call your local plasma donation center to set up an appointment for a physical examination and eligibility screening appointment. If you pass the exam, you will be able to set up an appointment for your first donation. For contact information on each donation center, see the interstatebloodbank.com, biolifeplasma.com and cslplasma.com websites.
If you would like to donate more than once, plasma centers allow two donations per week, as long as there are 48 hours between donations.
The first medical exam session will take anywhere between two and three hours, but subsequent visits for plasma donation will take only 90 minutes each.