CSL, plas­ma com­pa­nies win re­ver­sal on suit over Bor­der Pa­trol block­ade of visas for paid col­lec­tions

Last June, US Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion told Mex­i­cans seek­ing to sell their blood plas­ma at bor­der sites run by com­pa­nies such as CSL that they could no longer en­ter the US with “B‑1” busi­ness vis­i­tor visas.

The de­ci­sion de­liv­ered a blow to the com­pa­nies run­ning the sites, which un­til then, re­lied on the Mex­i­can donors to cross in­to the US and sell plas­ma at dozens of bor­der fa­cil­i­ties in ex­change for about $50 per do­na­tion. Com­pa­nies such as CSL and Gri­fols, which sued CBP, es­ti­mate that their cross-bor­der do­na­tions are re­spon­si­ble for about 5-10% of all US plas­ma col­lec­tions.

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