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.
The products were mostly used in the management of Haemophilia.
Factor would be administered by a slow IV push (bolus injection).
It is often misreported that these treatments were "Blood Transfusions". Not True.
Factor was a processed pharmaceutical product derived from fractionated Plasma which did not actually resemble blood at all. Unlike blood, Factor was a commercially sourced, manufactured and supplied medicine.
Learn more about how Factor VIII was made.
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