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Potential impact of AUSFTA on Australia's blood supply.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16999673     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Australia is largely self-sufficient in its supply of safe, fresh blood products because of the goodwill of non-remunerated, volunteer donors, plus rigorous testing and processing standards. CSL Limited is the sole provider of plasma fractionation services in Australia, enjoying exclusive rights under the Plasma Fractionation Agreement with the Australian Government. In the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA), Australia agreed to review its current contract with CSL Limited, and to recommend to the states and territories that the process be opened up to overseas tender. Overseas tenders for off-shore fractionation services are likely to be highly competitive due to their low manufacturing costs and accumulated expertise. Off-shore fractionation could compromise the safety of Australia's blood supply through delays in processing and transportation, issues related to quality control, and even the siphoning of stock to overseas markets. This could compromise the long-term care of Australian patients and create a serious national security risk in the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster. Australia's AUSFTA obligation to recommend changes does not equate to an obligation to actually proceed. The states and territories should carefully consider whether such changes would be in our national interest. The long-term security of the Australian people in the current security environment is dependent on continuance of an on-shore fractionation plant and appropriate back-up facilities.
Hilary J Bambrick; Thomas A Faunce; Kellie Johnston
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Medical journal of Australia     Volume:  185     ISSN:  0025-729X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. J. Aust.     Publication Date:  2006 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-09-26     Completed Date:  2006-11-08     Revised Date:  2007-05-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400714     Medline TA:  Med J Aust     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  320-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Banks / legislation & jurisprudence
Blood Donors / legislation & jurisprudence*,  supply & distribution*
Commerce / legislation & jurisprudence*
Government Regulation*
Health Policy / legislation & jurisprudence*
International Cooperation
National Health Programs / legislation & jurisprudence
United States
Comment In:
Med J Aust. 2007 Apr 16;186(8):428-30; author reply 430   [PMID:  17508452 ]
Med J Aust. 2007 Apr 16;186(8):427; author reply 430   [PMID:  17437402 ]

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