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.
Lawsuits were taken against the companies in US courts.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." In March 1983, the CDC warned that blood products "appear responsible for AIDS among hemophilia patients." By May 1983, a Cutter rival began making a heated concentrate and France decided to halt all clotting concentrate imports.
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. The heat-treatment rendered the virus "undetectable" in the product, according to a government study.
I cannot understand why US law-enforcement officers have not investigated this scandal.
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.These companies allegedly failed to follow United States federal law mandates to exclude donors with a history of viral hepatitis.