Following the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) declaration that the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak is a pandemic, BPL is providing an update on actions taken to date to ensure that health care practitioners and patient needs around the world will continue to be met by the regular supply of our life-enhancing plasma-based products.
We have implemented a number of measures centred on three priorities and consistent with our patient-focused values:
BPL has been diligently monitoring the situation in the US, UK and rest of the world and has been putting measures in place to protect the safety of our employees.
We have instituted a number of measures as proactive safety precautions, including increasing awareness of strict hygiene practices for all staff members to follow; developed “remote working” plans, processes and tools ready for all its staff members that do not have a role in the collection of plasma or the manufacturing and release of finished product; suspended all non-essential business travel, both domestic and international; implementing a “remote” customer engagement policy; and implementing additional screening steps and education of donors at its US plasma centres.
Patient and product safety continue to be our utmost concern, and our focus, as ever, remains on providing a continuous supply of reliable, high quality plasma-derived products, supporting our patients every day.
The Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) has confirmed in an online statement1 that the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak is not a concern for the safety of plasma protein therapies, such as those which BPL manufactures. This is due to the large size of the virus and the virus inactivation and removal procedures conducted in manufacturing processes, which ensure that the virus is not transmitted by plasma-derived products, should it be present.
BPL operates under a rigorous product quality framework in line with internationally accepted standards defined by UK, US and European government agencies and regulators that ensure the complete sterility of our products and appropriate production environment at all times.
BPL will continue to monitor this dynamic and every changing situation by observing all regulatory and Government advice and make any necessary adjustments to the robust plans that have already been implemented so that BPL may continue to ensure the safe & timely supply of our products to customers and patients. BPL is further reassured by US Government recognition of the critical importance of plasma.
BPL will continue to assess all procedures and take proactive steps to ensure that risks are managed effectively, including the implementation of additional contingency plans in the event of a further escalation of the current COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.
BPL will continue to provide updates on the situation as needed.
If you have additional questions, please direct them to BPLanswers.Coronavirus@bpl.co.uk.
For further information, please see the following statement referenced above from the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA): https://www.pptaglobal.org/media-and-information/ppta-statements/1055-2019-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-and-plasma-protein-therapies