Author: Whitney

CIPO Makes Statement at Canadian Blood Services

by Whitney

Our ED, Whitney made a statement at the Canadian Blood Services virtual open board meeting on Tuesday June 23rd. Whitney addressed a couple of pressing issues facing the PI community today, including the impact of COVID-19, the potential of an IG shortage and home delivery of SCIG for immunodeficiency patients.  Read Whitney’s statement on behalf…



COVID-19 Update

by Whitney

June 27, 2022 Update: CIPO Statement on COVID-19 CIPO has received many inquiries related to COVID-19, most of which are related to patient medical care, provincial guidelines, or vaccine access. For specific medical inquiries, please contact your healthcare provider, or treating specialist. Please remember to check with your local public health guidelines and recommendations, as…



“Ask the Experts 2: COVID-19 & PI” Webinar

by Whitney

Get your questions answered by CIPO’s medical co-Chairs, Dr. Stephen Betschel and Dr. Bruce Ritchie. After the success of our first webinar, we are hosting another “Ask the Experts: COVID-19 & PI” on June 10th at 6pm EDT (3pm PDT). The session will last exactly 1 hour in length and will be recorded.  We will…



CIPO Spring Newsletter

by Whitney

Spring news 2020   Letter from the Chair Greetings and welcome to June!  Summer is creeping up on us quickly, but I must admit this has been the oddest Spring in my memory. Since mid March, we have been experiencing a lifestyle to which we are not accustomed. “Social distancing” and “isolating” are now common…



Home Delivery for SCIG

by Whitney

Accessing your product during COVID-19 is an added stress that immunodeficiency patients do not need. With this in mind, CIPO has been working in partnership with other patient organizations, our medical advisors, and Canadian Blood Services to secure home delivery of plasma products during the pandemic. The aim of this advocacy initiative has been to keep…



Grocery Service for PI Patients

by Whitney

Bag Half Full is a community initiative that aims to bridge the gap of accessibility to groceries and household items for the elderly and vulnerable populations within our communities. Their goal is to promote health and safety by assisting the immunocompromised with grocery shopping, pick-up, and delivery services. There are no delivery or service fees.…



Listen to CIPO’s COVID-19 Webinar Now!

by Whitney

Last week CIPO  hosted our first COVID-19 webinar. This “Ask the Experts” session with Dr. Bruce Ritchie and Dr. Stephen Betschel is 1-hour in length and features them answering questions submitted by CIPO members. Listen here:  Q & A webinar session on COVID19 and PI



CIPO COVID-19 Webinar

by Whitney

WHEN: Tuesday, May 5th 6pm EST (3pm PST) 1 hour  Join CIPO medical co-chairs, Dr. Stephen Betschel and Dr. Bruce Ritchie as they answer your questions about COVID-19.  All questions need to be received by CIPO by 5pm on Friday, May 1st.  To attend follow the link below, or call in from one of the…



COVID-19 Update

by Whitney

April 27, 2020 Update: CIPO Statement on COVID-19 CIPO has received many inquiries related to COVID-19 (the current coronavirus), most of which are related to patient specific travel or medical care. For specific medical inquiries, please contact your healthcare provider, or treating specialist.    CIPO COVID-19 Webinar: CIPO will be hosting a special COVID-19 webinar…