Trust Your Doctor? Trust The Government?
Wednesday, May 07, 1997
More than six thousand hemophiliacs contracted AIDS through AIDS tainted blood that was meant to save their lives. They received the deadly AIDS laced blood from Baxter International Inc., Armour PharmaceuticalRhone-Poulenc Rorer Inc., Alpha Therapeutic Corp. and Bayer AG. In a settlement of more than $600 million each victim or their surviving family members were paid out a meager $100,000 for their life in an settlement approved by U.S. District Judge John Grady. The companies agreed to settle so long as they did not have to admit to doing anything wrong. The U.S. Courts ensured that it took more than a decade for the victims to receive anything. The victims contracted AIDS from the blood between 1978 to 1985.
More than five hundred hemophiliacs opted out of the settlement agreement. The companies still face lawsuits from these individuals.
In March 1996, four hundred Japanese victims were each paid out $420,000 by Baxter -- along with Bayer Yakuhin Ltd., the Japanese subsidiary of Bayer, and Green Cross Corp., the Chemo Therapeutic Research Institute, and Nippon Zoki Pharmaceutical Co. The Japanese government paid out half the settlement.
In the U.S. the companies got off with paying only $12.2 million to the government for payments made by federal health insurance programs.
The settlements put Japanese lives at four times the value of that of U.S. citizens.
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