Plasma problems

Woman alleges she was told she has HIV, other diseases

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COEUR d'ALENE - A Spokane woman is suing BioLife Plasma Services, alleging that the company falsely told her she had tested positive for three diseases, including HIV.

According to the complaint, filed in Kootenai County District Court on Dec. 16, the woman is seeking more than $10,000 in damages to cover medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.

The woman began donating plasma to the Hayden location of BioLife Plasma Services in September 2012. She was paid each time she donated.

According to the complaint, BPS pays its donors $2 million a year.

The court filing prepared by the woman's attorney states that on March 7, the woman's plasma donation was tested for certain diseases, and because the test did not come back positive for any diseases, she was not notified of the results.

The suit alleges that the donation was then combined with about 100 other donations for "the purpose of processing that batch into products defendants (BPS) manufacture and sell." Another test for diseases was performed on the batch. This test allegedly came back positive for one or more diseases.

When the woman tried to donate plasma again in April, she was allegedly told by an employee that she could no longer donate because her plasma tested positive for Hepatitis B and C and HIV.

The woman "immediately" went to her doctor, the suit says, for a series of blood tests. The results took several days to obtain, and the complaint alleges that during that period the woman was in "extreme emotional distress."

The test results came back negative.

On April 25, the woman received a letter from BPS informing her that their test results "represent a false positive." She was also informed that her test results were "unsuitable" and she was being placed on a national list preventing her from donating plasma.

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