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HIV-tainted blood scandal in the US.


davidcameron

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Contaminated haemophilia blood products - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

US pharmaceutical companies sold products that they knew were tainted with HIV, with which thousands of haemophiliacs in the US and throughout the world were thus infected.
In January 1983, the manager of plasma procurement for Bayer's Cutter Biological division acknowledged in a letter that "There is strong evidence to suggest that AIDS is passed on to other people through ... plasma products."[3] In March 1983, the CDC warned that blood products "appear responsible for AIDS among hemophilia patients."[3] By May 1983, a Cutter rival began making a heated concentrate and France decided to halt all clotting concentrate imports.[3]

Cutter feared losing customers, so according to an internal memo, Cutter "want[ed] to give the impression that [they were] continuously improving our product without telling them [they expected] soon to also have a heat-treated" concentrate.[3] The heat-treatment rendered the virus "undetectable" in the product, according to a government study.[3]
Lawsuits were taken against the companies in US courts.

I cannot understand why US law-enforcement officers have not investigated this scandal.
These companies allegedly failed to follow United States federal law mandates to exclude donors with a history of viral hepatitis.
Furthermore, I cannot understand why US victims haven't lodged complaints with the FBI because, usually, victims of crime lodge complaints with law enforcement authorities, who then investigate the crimes.
 

slippy wicket

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As someone whose sister has to get blood replaced weekly , stories like this really make my blood run cold.

Someone should see jail for this.
 

davidcameron

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Meanwhile, the clotting producers were quietly settling many claims. Individual lawsuits continued to fail because most states had laws shielding blood products from traditional product liability claims.[1] However, discovery was producing damaging documents contending that the companies had collected blood from high-risk donors like homosexuals and prisoners, intensifying informal settlement negotiations.
What more proof does the US Department of Justice need to justify an investigation?
 

Windowshopper

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Report? Psst. The US political classes are in the pockets of corporations.
 
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