Grifols is committed to providing patients with the plasma therapies they need today and in the future. In order to fulfill this pledge, the company leads infrastructure investments with a dual objective: first, to increase its access to plasma and second, to enhance its production facilities, including fractionation and purification plants.
Today, more patients than ever are being treated with immunoglobulin. In 2018, the global immunoglobulin market grew by approximately 10%, compared to the historical trend of 6-8%. To cope with this greater demand, Grifols has provided more immunoglobulin to patients than at any other time in its history.
This trend has been maintained since 2018, when Grifols supplied more immunoglobulin in the U.S. than any other manufacturer and represented approximately 66% of the country’s immunoglobulin growth. Moving forward, the company will continue delivering on its long-term plan to help patients receive the care they need.
The manufacturing of plasma-derived medicines is a long, complex and highly regulated process that lasts between 7 and 9 months. Increasing product availability is a gradual process that involves the increase in plasma and the expansion of both testing infrastructure and production capacities.
Grifols has made industry-leading investments in both its plasma-collection and manufacturing infrastructure as part of its unwavering commitment to patients, physicians, hospitals and other stakeholders.
The company’s price-setting policy is grounded in two core principles: first, cost should never be an obstacle to receiving optimal patient care and treatment, and second, pricing should guarantee the firm’s long-term sustainability and reinforce its commitment to researching and developing new therapies.
Plasma contains proteins of great therapeutic value that, once separated and purified, can be used to produce plasma-derived medicines. The United States is the only country that collects sufficient plasma to produce the plasma-derived medicines its population requires.
The World Health Organization (WHO), the Council of Europe and other institutions spearhead measures to help European countries achieve self-sufficiency, including strategies to encourage blood and plasma donations. For this reason, donation centers freeze surplus plasma from donations to industrially process it and produce plasma-derived medicines.
Grifols offers its facilities, technology expertise and technical team to public donation centers and health public health organizations to process its plasma, purify the proteins and return them in their entirety as plasma-derived medicines. Regulated by fractionation service agreements, these collaborations lead to considerable cost savings for public healthcare systems. In the case of Spain, the public healthcare system saved an estimated EUR 65 million thanks to this collaboration. The company also offers this service in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Canada.
Grifols’ industrial fractionation service for hospital plasma is a comprehensive solution that encompasses the logistics of plasma (collection, transport, control and analysis) and its fractionation, purification, dosage and delivery as a finished product.