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Blood Tales…and time for a change…

March 2, 2012

Greetings,

So shocking…. posted sans comment.

HIV-tainted blood scandal (Japan)

Japanese HIV-tainted blood scandal (薬害エイズ事件 yakugai eizu jiken?), refers to an event in the 1980s when between one and two thousand haemophilia patients in Japan contracted HIV via tainted blood products. Controversy centers on the continued use of non-heat-treated blood products after the development of heat-treatments that prevent the spread of infection. Some high-ranking officials in the Ministry of Health and Welfare, executives of the manufacture company and a leading doctor in the field of haemophilia study were charged for involuntary manslaughter.

The revelation of the scandal and the subsequent settlement and apology have been recognized as unique in Japan’s corporate culture, where consumer safety is usually a low priority

Canada’s tainted blood scandal: A timeline

Ontario Superior court Judge Mary Lou Benotto acquits former Canadian Red Cross director Dr. Roger Perrault of charges of criminal negligence causing bodily harm. He had been accused of giving hemophilia patients an HIV-infected blood-clotting product in the 1980s and early 1990s. The judge also acquitted Dr. John Furesz and Dr. Donald Wark Boucher, formerly of Canada’s Health Protection Branch, and Dr. Michael Rodell, a former vice-president of a New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company, of charges relating to their alleged role in the tainted blood scandal.

Perrault faces a second trial on several more criminal charges that allege the Red Cross and senior officials did not take adequate measures to screen blood donors.

Sept. 10, 2007:

After 20 months, the trial of former Red Cross head Dr. Roger Perrault wraps up. Perrault and several other health officials were charged with criminal negligence in connection to the tainted blood scandal. Ontario Superior court Judge Mary Lou Benotto said she would take until Oct. 1, 2007, to render her verdict. REST 

Contaminated haemophilia blood products

Contaminated hemophilia blood products were a serious public health problem in the late 1970s through 1985. These products caused large numbers of haemophiliacs to become infected with HIV and hepatitis C. The companies involved included Alpha Therapeutic Corporation, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Inc., a unit of Rhone-Poulenc S.A., Bayer Corporation and itsCutter Biological division, Baxter International and its Hyland Pharmaceutical division .[1] Estimates range from 6,000 to 10,000 haemophiliacs in the United States becoming infected with HIV.[1][2]

It is believed that these companies recruited and paid donors from high-risk populations including former prisoners, homosexual men, injection-drug users, and plasmapheresis facilities in prisons (e.g. Arkansas Prison Plasma Scandal) and incities already having large numbers of these persons to obtain blood plasma used for the production of Factor VIII and Factor IX. These companies allegedly failed to follow United States federal law mandates to exclude donors with a history of viral hepatitis. The medicine was made using pools of plasma from 10,000 or more donors, and since HIV at that time couldn’t be screened out, the plasma carried a high risk of passing along the disease.[3]

Factor VIII essentially provides the missing ingredient without which hemophiliacs’ blood cannot clot. By injecting themselves with it, haemophiliacs can stop bleeding or prevent bleeds from starting; some use it as many as three times a week.

Report on British tainted blood scandal stops short of blame

LONDON — The first extensive report into Britain’s tainted blood scandal stopped short Monday of blaming individual doctors or companies for what is widely viewed as the National Health Service’s worst treatment disaster.

The report by the House of Lords member Peter Archer called the scandal a “horrific human tragedy” but did not name any specific medical workers or pharmaceutical companies as being responsible for the deaths of around 2,000 hemophiliacs since the 1970s.

Archer’s commission did say that U.S. companies that provided unsafe blood plasma products bore a heavy responsibility for infecting roughly 5,700 hemophiliacs with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, or Hepatitis C.

“It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that commercial interests took precedence over public health concerns,” said Archer, who conducted an independent inquiry with the help of legal and medical professionals.

The report recommended more compensation for victims, and giving them free prescription drugs, doctors’ visits, counseling, physical therapy and home nursing. But it did not suggest any criminal charges be brought. REST

Scandal Over Tainted Blood Widens in France

In a new twist to the scandal here over the distribution of blood infected with the virus that causes AIDS, a French newspaper has published documents that appear to show that senior Government officials kept an American blood test off the market until a rival French test was ready for approval.

Although two French medical officials have been jailed for knowingly distributing contaminated blood stocks in 1985, the new evidence is likely to fuel demands that top politicians in the Socialist Government in power at the time be held responsible for delaying the screening of all blood supplies.

Some 1,250 hemophiliacs in France are believed to have been infected by H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, before screening began on Aug. 1, 1985. Of these, 400 have died. Others may also have been affected as a result of blood transfusions during operations or after accidents. REST

SO HOW WAS THIS ALLOWED TO HAPPEN?

WHO WERE INVOLVED?

WHY HAS THIS STORY DIED?

WHY ARE PEOPLE STILL DYING FOR LACK OF TRUTH TELLING?

This is how….

DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON
SECTION: THE STORY OF A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE
SUBSECTION: TAINTED BLOOD

TAINTED BLOOD SCANDAL

 

Freeper Summary: “. Briefly stated, Bill Clinton, while governor, knowingly authorized, protected, and was in some manner paid off by, an appalling scheme by “Friends of Bill” to harvest and sell contaminated blood and plasma from Cummins prison farm near Grady, Arkansas. The scheme continued throughout his governorship in defiance of sound medical practice, numerous warnings and flagrant violations of FDA regulations. Tainted blood from Cummins infected literally millions of people with HIV (the AIDS virus) and potentially lethal Hepatitis C (20%-25% fatality rate) all over the world — Canada, Japan, England, Ireland, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Africa and not least, the United States. Clinton and his partners netted millions from it annually. Vincent W. Foster is thought to have been the Clintons’ “bagman,” and there is evidence that the tainted blood disaster played a direct role in his still mysterious death. Free Republic broke this story world-wide, in August, and maintains a complete archive of the now-mountainous, and damning, evidence at: Budge’s Tainted Blood Scandal links .”

New York Post 9/25/98 Maggie Gallagher “Can I tell you a little story? I warn you, I don’t know how it ends yet. Maybe I never will. Once upon a time – in fact a day or two after Vince Foster died – a man called the White House Counsel’s Office. “This was not a line that kooks typically rang us up on,” my source told me. Lunatics call the main office number. This guy called one of Vince’s assistants directly. The man said he had some information that might be important. Something had upset Vince Foster greatly just days before he died. Some thing about “tainted blood” that both Vince Foster and President Clinton knew about, this man said. “I’m only telling you this now because Vince Foster was very distressed about this only days before his death,” the mysterious caller (whose name I am withholding) said. “I’m not saying this caused his suicide. I’m only saying it might have contributed to his distress and I thought someone should know.” The White House Counsel’s office didn’t pay much attention. “Probably a kook’, they agreed around the office. Probably. Except that when his computer name was typed into the computer log of phone calls for Vince, something strange happened. The computer flashed “password required” or some such phrase indicating a special code was needed to open that file. “Aw, probably just a computer glitch, “Bernie Nussbam, then chief White House Counsel, said at the time. And so the matter, as far as I know, was dropped. A strange little memory fragment, meaningless in itself, no? Until last week, when a story published in The Ottawa Citizen suddenly jogged it front and center. “HIV BLOOD CAME FROM ARKANSAS JAIL,” the head line screamed. Then, The Ottawa Citizen reports, “A U.S. firm with links to President Clinton collected HIV-tainted blood from Arkansas prison inmates in the 1980’s and shipped it to Canada, newly uncovered documents reveal… It is like several hundred, perhaps thousands, were infected by the tainted products.”.”

The Ottawa Citizen 10/4/98 Mark Kennedy “.The controversy over how a U.S. firm collected tainted blood from Arkansas prison inmates and shipped it to Canada has spread to Vince Foster — U.S. President Bill Clinton’s personal confidant who committed suicide in 1993..Now, five years after his mysterious death, two developments have prompted questions about Mr. Foster’s knowledge of the U.S. company’s prison-blood collection scheme: – There are signs that Mr. Foster tried to protect the company called Health Management Associates (HMA) more than a decade ago in a lawsuit. – And a major U.S. daily newspaper recently reported that Mr. Foster may have been worried about the tainted-blood scandal, which was just emerging as a contentious issue in Canada, when he killed himself in July 1993..Indeed, on Sept. 16 — eight weeks after Foster’s death — the federal government announced the public inquiry, to be headed by Justice Horace Krever. During the course of his work, Justice Krever unearthed the Arkansas prison- blood collection scheme and wrote about it in his final report last year. However, no mention was made of Mr. Clinton until last month’s story in the Citizen, which drew on documents obtained from Arkansas State Police files.”

WorldNetdaily 9/29/98 Joseph Farah “.Here’s the story: In the early 1980s, while Bill Clinton was serving as governor of Arkansas, his administration awarded a contract to Health Management Associates to provide medical care to the state’s prisoners. The president of the company was, naturally, a long-time friend and political ally of Clinton and was later appointed by him to the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission. Later, he was among the senior members of Clinton’s 1990 gubernatorial re- election team. As part of the deal HMA struck with Arkansas, in addition to treating the prisoners, the company collected their blood and sold it. Because of the exploding AIDS crisis, U.S. regulations didn’t permit the sale of prisoners’ blood within the country. But HMA found a willing buyer in Montreal, which brokered a deal with Connaught, a Toronto blood-fractionator, which didn’t know the source of the supplies. The blood was distributed throughout Canada by the Red Cross. Sales continued until 1983, when HMA revealed that some of the plasma might be contaminated with the AIDS virus and hepatitis. The blood was also peddled overseas. .Galster charges HMA officials knew the blood was tainted as they sold it to Canada and a half-dozen other foreign countries. He also alleges that Clinton knew of the scheme and likely benefited from it financially. “We now have solid evidence he not only knew about it, but he signed off on it,” Galster told the Calgary Sun..”

Ottawa Citizen 9/25/98 Mark Kennedy “His name is not Michael Sullivan, as it says on the book’s cover. For months, he has feared for his life and the well-being of his wife and five children if his real name were revealed. But now, Michael Galster has decided to shed his pseudonym in an interview with the Citizen and take his chances. All because, he says, he believes Canadians and Americans must learn who’s responsible for one of the worst public-health disasters of the century. Even if it implicates the president of the United States, Bill Clinton. Mr. Galster’s book is a fictionalized account of how tainted blood was collected from Arkansas prison inmates in the 1980s and shipped to Canada. He conducted orthopedic clinics in Arkansas state prisons during the era when the blood — believed to be contaminated with HIV and hepatitis C — was collected. Today, at age 44, he has a successful private practice, but he still does occasional work for the Arkansas prison system. And he can’t shake the memories that keep him up at night.. Mr. Clinton was governor of Arkansas when the Canadian blood supply was contaminated in the mid-’80s. He was familiar with the operations of now-defunct Health Management Associates, the Arkansas firm that was given a contract by Mr. Clinton’s administration to provide medical care to prisoners. In the process, HMA was also permitted to collect prisoners’ blood and sell it elsewhere. HMA’s president in the mid-1980s was Leonard Dunn, a friend and political ally of Mr. Clinton. Later, Mr. Dunn was a Clinton appointee to the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission, and he was among the senior members of Mr. Clinton’s 1990 gubernatorial re- election team. It’s not known how many Canadians contracted HIV from the plasma of Arkansas prisoners, who were paid $ 7 for each unit of blood, although it’s likely that several hundred, perhaps several thousand, were infected by the tainted products..Two weeks ago, just as the Citizen was about to publish a report on the prison-blood scheme, Mr. Galster was sticking to the safety of his pseudonym because he felt vulnerable until the media had reported details of the prison-blood story. “Knowing the nature of politics in Arkansas, I felt unsafely exposed. “Anyone reading this will probably think that’s a little fantastic. But you have to have lived in the state and in the South to understand what I’m talking about. A lot of things happen to people that try to step outside of the system, which, in this case, I was absolutely doing. .”

WorldNetDaily 10/5/98 Joseph Farah “That’s the slogan of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Let’s hope it’s so. Because this is the one law enforcement agency in the world conducting a criminal investigation into a scandal that could lead them right to the president of the United States. Let’s call it “Bloodgate.” It’s a scandal that threatens to connect the dots between some other “gates” — including Whitewater and Vincent Foster. To recap what we’ve already covered, in the early 1980s, HMA, a company headed by Leonard K. Dunn, won a contract to provide medical services to Arkansas state prison inmates. As part of the $3 million deal, HMA was also allowed to collect blood from the prisoners and sell it. That tainted blood, Canadian officials believe, was later responsible for a nationwide outbreak of AIDS and other diseases..It only takes a little probing to see the political connections at play. Dunn was one of Clinton’s key political supporters who was awarded not only with a contract for his company, but an appointment to a state business council as well. He also turns out to be the guy who wound up with the assets of Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan following the Whitewater scandal. Small world, huh? Don’t be surprised, it gets even smaller. Syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher last week reported that the late White House deputy counsel Vincent Foster may have been connected with the blood scandal. “Once upon a time — in fact a day or two after Vince Foster died — a man called the White House counsel’s office,” she wrote. “‘This was not a line that kooks typically rang us up on,’ my source told me. Lunatics call the main office number. This guy called one of Vince’s assistants directly. “The man said he had some information that might be important. Something had upset Vince Foster greatly just days before he died. Something about ‘tainted blood’ that both Vince Foster and President Clinton knew about, this man said..”

Health Canada Web Site 11/26/97 Krever Report on Canadian Blood Scandal “. During 1981-2, the number of AIDS cases in the United States reported to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta grew at an alarming rate. The vast majority of the reported cases were of homosexual men and intravenous drug abusers. During 1982, cases of AIDS transmitted through the use of blood and blood products began to be reported. The U.S. blood and plasma centres regularly collected from two groups of persons who were at high risk of contracting AIDS: homosexual men and prison inmates. Plasma was collected at centres, licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, in prisons in Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. By way of contrast, because of the high prevalence of hepatitis B in prisons, the Canadian Red Cross Society had stopped collecting donations from prison inmates in 1971. (Vol II, pp371- 372) .In 1978, Connaught had made plans to obtain plasma from U.S. plasma centres. It intended to buy the plasma directly from the centres, with its own staff members inspecting each centre before it was approved as a supplier. Beginning in 1980, it inspected the U.S. centres from which it was to receive plasma.. All the plasma was to come from centres licensed by the Food and Drug Administration.One of the centres used by Connaught was in Grady, Arkansas, where the state Department of Corrections had a prison. Aplasma centre, licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, had for several years been operating within the prison, collecting plasma from inmates. In the early 1980s, the Department of Corrections employed Health Management Associates Inc. of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to manage its centre. In mid-June 1983, Health Management Associates told the Food and Drug Administration that thirty-eight units of plasma, taken from four inmates of the Grady prison, should not have been collected.. By 1983, however, an association had been identified between hepatitis B and AIDS; most persons with AIDS had also been infected with hepatitis B. There was a greater than average risk that the thirty-eight units of plasma from the four inmates could transmit AIDS..Health Management Associates eventually decided that it should volun-tarily withdraw the thirty-eight units of plasma, and on 11 August 1983 the Food and Drug Administration concurred.. On 18 August, the Health Protection Branch told Connaught about the problem. This was the first time that Connaught was aware of it.Until this conversation, Connaught had not been aware of the fact that it had been processing plasma collected from prison inmates. The shipping papers accompanying the plasma had not revealed that the centre was located in a prison. They had simply referred to the source as the “ADC Plasma Center, Grady, Arkansas,” without any indication that “ADC” stood for “Arkansas Department of Corrections.” An inspection report of the Food and Drug Administration that Connaught had received in February 1983 revealed that the centre was in a prison, but it had not been reviewed..In late August 1983, Health Management Associates told the Food and Drug Administration that it had discovered that plasma had been collected from a fifth inmate of the Grady prison who had previously tested positive for hepatitis B. Thirty-four units had been collected from him between July 1982 and May 1983; all had been consigned to Continental Pharma..”

The Village Voice 11/17/98 James Ridgeway regarding Health Management Associates in Arkansas “.As part of the deal, the company was permitted to collect blood at $7 a unit from convicts. Through an unsuspecting Canadian broker, this blood, some of which proved to be HIV-tainted, entered the Canadian blood supply. By that time, the U.S. had ceased using blood from prisons because of reports of widespread drug use and unsafe sex. Leonard Dunn, a close friend and chair of Clinton’s gubernatorial reelection finance committee and a Clinton appointee to the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission, was the president of Health Management. According to an article in the Ottawa Citizen, which broke the story last month, internal Arkansas State Police documents describe investigations into charges that the firm provided inadequate treatment to prisoners, along with rumors that Clinton appointees to the prison board demanded a kickback in return for renewing HMA’s $3 million health care contract in 1985. Research: Bob Frederick”

MUCH MORE HERE

End Note: It feels like the blog readership is dying, fading away.

Perhaps that is as it should be. All good. But my goodness, an honest call to buy something to do something useful for the world and this is the response? Tch.

Meta-morphosis required.

Take care and I’ll see you soonish…

In truth,

Vivek

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Nadall permalink
    March 2, 2012 6:15 pm

    Regarding your end note, that’s what I meant in the Feb. 23rd comment, ‘that’s it? Not so much as a fare thee well?’ I felt like everyone was just ….. falling away or something without even saying goodbye. I later thought that was just me (just me? Hmmmm) But now you feel it too. Hopefully we’re both wrong. Straykitty’s end sentence about ‘the wise being few and also the one’s who ain’t talking’ maybe has some validity here. Maybe metamorphosis being an inward work (and I do mean work!) has something to do with this. Maybe it’s not the right time to ‘save the world’ and too early for the metamorphosis of her…

    • March 4, 2012 11:53 am

      😉 But it’s really about finding what is saving-worthy first isn’t it Nadall? And knowing that your senses are true and “you” are who you are.
      That is really what it is all about. It’s not as if we can go in and plug DWH or put the humpty dumpty of Fukushima back together again.
      In the relatedness of all things the inner journey is primary. That was the idea here, sharing an en-foldment. Still is. I’m just re-considering the form. All is exactly as and where it should be.

  2. March 4, 2012 7:21 pm

    Vivek, I read most of your posts, although I comment only when I feel so called. For what it’s worth, I’m still here. I hope you keep the blog. There’s a lot of value in it (posts and comments).

    In regards to the “plan” product launch, I found it a bit confusing that we didn’t get a preview of the book or an option to buy things separately. I am interested in seeing what you’ve produced and don’t mind paying for it, but there has to be an easier way to get it than mailing a check to India, waiting for quorum, etc. If the e-book/video are completed, why not sell them online and use paypal as a payment option? There are several platforms you can use for this (amazon, ebay, etc.). I know you’re strongly against “the machine”, but it is this very medium you’ve used to share your valuable message. I see nothing wrong with using it to make your vision and associated products more accessible. That’s my two cents.

    On a personal level, I’ve had a lot happening in my life… and I mean major, life-changing events that I would share in private. It could be that many of us have just been dealing with our own “stuff”. Don’t get discouraged.

    • March 6, 2012 6:19 am

      Tuttysan, on personal fronts, these are hightened times, emotionally, physically, every which way. high highs and low lows. Exactly like the outside.

      And as for the book/dvd/cd… I’ll just leave it there for now. If the confusion discourages purchase, and the quorum is not worth waiting for then clearly what I’ve been trying to say here for the better part of 2 years has been lost.

      Thus the re-newal. All good.

  3. Dublinmick permalink
    March 5, 2012 5:18 am

    Try and not be discouraged. We are at a point however when sleeping humanity will be surprised at the changes they see around them.

    • March 6, 2012 6:01 am

      🙂 Thanks Dub.

  4. Dublinmick permalink
    March 5, 2012 6:18 pm

    More evidence of “medicine” going in the wrong direction.

    http://www.laleva.org/eng/2012/03/world_renown_heart_surgeon_speaks_out_on_what_really_causes_heart_disease.html

  5. vee wong permalink
    March 6, 2012 4:18 am

    Vivek and all,

    it seems/feels like in the eye of a moving storm…Or, the darkness before dawn?

    Plenty of sites down-up, me feeling same…Getting close to the reset, perhaps?

    Would it be wrong for me to say: “Don’t give up.” when I am one, in-/out-er, eh?

    Let’s continue the sharing when we can (if call for), shall we?

    Sorry for all the “?” All is well, [will] be well.

    v

  6. March 7, 2012 11:22 pm

    The hour is darkest just be fore dawn. Your work is much appreciated.

    • March 12, 2012 4:35 pm

      Thanks for the sentiment and support Bennet. Sharing in some form/forum like this is in my bones, so we’ll all re-volve together, hmmm?

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