Huge companies with huge law firms, do not settle a PR nightmare like this, unless they know the cost of being proven guilty outweighs the damage already done.
They were TOLD BY THE FDA- "THIS DRUG LOT ISN'T SAFE- YOU CAN'T SELL IT".
They did, and they did with knowledge that it could hurt people...
for that alone, they show they were pursuing profit rather than public safety...
and they are damn lucky that is all that could be proven.
And the disease was hep, as well as AIDS... so should they not have tested for Hep anyway? and when it was found tainted, shouldn't they have destroyed the drug?
So thus bayer is found guilty of selling tainted medicine in other countries, that the FDA forbid them to sell here.
For those who isn't in the know,here's links:
Here's some snippets from the links above:
In May 2003, The New York Times reported that several major drugmakers, including Bayer and Baxter, knowingly supplied hemophilia patients with Factor VIII, which is made from donated blood, even though many units were tainted with the HIV or hepatitis C virus. It is believed that thousands of patients from dozens of countries were exposed to the diseases from 1978 to 1990. In August 2003, seven Taiwanese patients who allege they developed HIV from tainted Factor VIII during the mid-1980s sued Bayer and Aventis. Bayer has been accused of selling a safer version of Factor VIII in the United States during this period while continuing to sell the high-risk version outside of the country.
Inmates were considered a high-risk group because of previous intravenous drug use as well as the rapes and homosexual activity common in prisons. A 1984 information bulletin about prison plasma centers published by the American Correctional Association listed six states -- Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Nevada and Missouri -- as running programs at that time. The Arkansas Department of Corrections continued running its plasma program for another 10 years -- until 1994.
Mr. Byus said the Arkansas plasma collection program, which continued until 1994, was a way for inmates to earn from $7 to $10 for each donation. But Food and Drug Administration inspectors regularly recorded problems with the way the program was handled. And despite controls, inmates who should have been prevented from taking part were accepted, probably because they bribed or offered favors to other inmates who administered the program, Mr. Byus said.
So from the information above... it basically started in 1972 and most possibly stopped in 1990-1994, even though the company is claiming innocence in the fact that they couldn't had known, as seeing there was no HIV/AIDS detection test created until 1985. And of course, they're also claiming that they stopped this practice in 1984.
However, records show that the people involved at the time did know that there was something wrong with the product, especially after FDA told them so. And there's also the records like that one of paying inmates to donate their plasma for the purpose of creating drugs for hemophiliacs, which shows that they certainly didn't stop in 1984 like they claimed.
Alas, with that whole thing paid off and settled by Bayer, we can't exactly dig up any more records off them to prove or disprove their "innocence".
So tell me, boys and girls, what do you think about this whole thing?