Factor products are used primarily for the prevention and treatment of bleeding episodes in patients with hemophilia or other congenital/ acquired bleeding disorders.   Factor products are expensive blood products with a shelf-life of two to three years. In order to minimize product expiry and waste of unused hospital stock, the BC Provincial Blood Coordinating Office (PBCO) coordinates a provincial Factor Redistribution Program. The safety and quality of redistributed factor products are ensured by the adherence of participating hospitals to the factor redistribution procedures.

BC hospitals send near-expired (<6 months from expiry date) stock to St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. The St. Paul’s Hospital transfusion service works with the BC Hemophilia Program to ensure that the redistributed product is used prior to expiry.

Factor products to be redistributed to St Paul’s Hospital include:

    • - Fibrinogen
  • - Recombinant Factor VIIa (7a)
  • - Human Factor VII (7)
  • - Factor VIII (8), Recombinant Factor VIII and Long Acting Factor VIII
  • - Factor VIII (8) von Willebrand Factor Complex (HumateP and Wilate)
  • - Porcine Factor VIII (8)
  • - Factor IX (9), Recombinant Factor IX and Long Acting Factor IX
  • - Factor XI (11)
  • - Factor XIII (13)
  • - Prothrombin Complex Concentrate (Octaplex, Beriplex)

For other blood products, refer to your internal Health Authority redistribution program.  Contact your Health Authority Transfusion Medicine Technical Lead for more information.

General Program Documents

May 2023 
 Job Aid – Factor Product Packing Configuration:  4oC  May 2023 
 Job Aid – Factor Product Packing Configuration: Room Temp    May 2023 
Issuing Site
 St. Paul’s Hospital Fax Template  May 2023 
 Selecting Factor Products for Redistribution May 2023  
 Packing Factor Products for Redistribution May 2023  
  Receiving Site
 Receiving Factor Redistribution Shipments  May 2023 

Refer to Redistribution Main Page for Program Tools, Supply order forms and instructions for TempTale Monitors.