What is Factor?

In the 1970's and 1980's Factor VIII & IX concentrates were made by pooling up to 60,000 plasma donations and then "Fractionating" this plasma and processing it into the final "Antihemophilic Factor" Medicine. It would only take 1 infected donor to contaminate an entire batch.

Factor would generally be administered (often by the patients themselves or their family members) by a slow IV push (bolus injection).

It is commonly misreported that these treatments were "Blood Transfusions" which is not the case. Factor was a processed pharmaceutical product (pictured). The media often gets this wrong, and incorrectly uses images of Blood Packs and Surgical Blood Transfusions.

Factor being infused

Factor being infused

Bottles of Factor

Bottles of Factor

Bottle of Factor and Syringe with Butterfly Needle

Bottle of Factor and Syringe with Butterfly Needle