CSL and Gri­fols sue US bor­der pa­trol for block­ing Mex­i­can plas­ma do­na­tions

Large plas­ma com­pa­nies CSL Behring and Gri­fols re­cent­ly sued US Cus­toms and Bor­der Pa­trol, which last sum­mer stopped al­low­ing Mex­i­can cit­i­zens from cross­ing in­to the US on tem­po­rary visas to sell their blood plas­ma.

The ban, ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralia- and Spain-based com­pa­nies, is based “sole­ly on CBP’s new­found de­ter­mi­na­tion that do­nat­ing plas­ma is some­how ‘la­bor for hire,'” and it means that there may be plas­ma short­ages, ac­cord­ing to the suit re-filed in DC Dis­trict Court. The com­pa­nies pre­vi­ous­ly lost a pri­or suit last year as the judge dis­missed their com­plaint for lack of stand­ing.

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