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From a Coalition Against Bayer Dangers Release

The news agencies AFP and dpa today confirmed a report by the Coalition against BAYER Dangers according to which the pharmaceutical companies BAYER, Baxter, Behring and Alpha are paying a multimillion dollar compensation to haemophiliacs from 22 countries.

Philipp Mimkes, spokesman of the Coalition, welcomes the settlement and characterizes it as a “late guilty plea” from the corporations involved. However, Mimkes criticizes the companies´ efforts to impose secrecy: "For too long the truth has been obscured by closed agreements and compromised solutions. The manufacturers must take responsibility for the consequences of their decisions to supply contaminated blood products”. The Coalition against Bayer-Dangers demands full compensation for haemophiliacs all over the world and charges against the responsible persons at BAYER and other companies.

nternal documents revealed that Bayer´s daughter company Cutter, world market leader for blood plasma products in the 1980ies, continued to sell contaminated preparations when it had already introduced a safer, heat-treated version. Already in January 1983, Cutter managers acknowledged: “There is strong evidence to suggest that HIV is passed on to other people through . . . plasma products". In August 1983 Cutter employees forsaw in confidential papers a “gigantic epidemic" among haaemophiliacs. Nevertheless Cutter continued to produce non-heat-treated plasma products until August 1984 and sold these until 1985. More than 10 thousand haemophiliacs paid with their lives.

 

ADDITIONAL REPORTS AND INFORMATION:

· DPA report : http://newsticker.sueddeutsche.de/list/id/1101913

· Coalition´s press release from Monday: www.cbgnetwork.org/3678.html

· French news agency AFP: http://bit.ly/fgNw7U ;

· NY Times article on HIV-contaminated Bayer drugs: www.nytimes.com/2003/05/22/business/22BLOO.html

· Guardian:  Haemophilia patients battle to sue firm that sold tainted blood

· Bayer “Rat of the Week”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spnEaO3yumk