May 30, 2006

Why Pharmeceutical Companies are Evil, Chapter 27

Cutter Biological, a unit of Bayer, in the mid-1980s allegedly sold units of Factor VIII concentrate -- a blood product that can stop potentially fatal bleeding in people with hemophilia -- that had a high risk for transmitting HIV to the patients, to Asian and Latin American hemophiliacs. The suit claims that Cutter allegedly knew the products carried a risk of HIV infection, and the company sold a safer, heat-treated version of the product in the United States and other Western countries

The suit alleges that executives knew that the untreated Factor VIII was potentially tainted with HIV and that the product was sold on foreign markets for more than a year after the treated version was available in 1984 to "avoid wasting existing stockpiles," according to the Wall Street Journal.

Bayer spokesperson Michael Diehl said that the company had not yet been formally notified of the lawsuit but that Bayer "emphatically denies misconduct in the marketing of these products in the mid-1980s," adding, "Decisions made nearly two decades ago were based on the best scientific and medical information of the time and were consistent with the regulations in place at the time."

1 comment:

  1. That's fucked up. And yet sadly predictable.
    But I dont approve of you watching "Scarborough Country".