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Tainted blood deals raise international furor
eDrug ^ | September 2000 | Sanjay Kumar, Kirsten Myhr, MScPharm, MPH

Posted on 04/09/2003 5:14:44 PM PDT by Calpernia

Tainted blood deals raise international furor --------------------------------------------------------- Reprinted under the fair use doctrine of international copyright law:

Austria investigates allegations of tainted-blood exports

Lancet 2000; 356: 919 - 922 (9 September)

The trail of blood plasma infected with HIV, hepatitis, and syphilis exported from South Africa to European companies is being investigated by the police and health authorities in Austria, Switzerland, and the UK. There are apprehensions that unscrupulous brokers relabelled these contaminated products before selling them off to China and India, while earning millions of dollars, and endangering many lives.

A confidential investigation by Wilbert Bannenberg of the South African Drug Action Programme for the country's Department of Health concluded in May this year that exports of infected serum and blood plasma, although labelled "unfit for human use", had taken place during 1990-2000.

Although the London Sunday Times recently attributed Bannenberg's report to WHO, the UN agency has denied that it is involved. Bannenberg's report conceded that substantial exports were being made to plasma brokers allegedly implicated in illegal practices in Europe and that current controls on the plasma trade in South Africa were inadequate. Although the report found that no South African laws seemed to have been violated, the possibility of such violations in other countries was not ruled out.

South Africa has been exporting plasma for many years. From 1983-86, human plasma was falsely labelled "animal plasma" and illegally exported to Europe. This illegal practice resulted in a court case and one conviction in Belgium. In 1996, Austrian police seized 4000 L of infected blood from a Linz-based company, Albovina.

The Sunday Times report said that Austrian officials have investigated two British companies, based in Guernsey and Berkshire. Police are still trying to find out where the companies' plasma products were used. Johann Kurz, head of unit for biologicals with the federal Ministry of Social Security & Generation in Vienna, Austria, told The Lancet, "We suspect that in 1996 and earlier, some products coming from South Africa were transferred to India, China, and Hong Kong, among other countries". The products were albumin and intravenous immunoglobulins.

Nevertheless, Luc Noel, Coordinator of Blood Safety with the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland, emphasised that: "There should not be any confusion of the transfusion services in South Africa--which are now world class--with these criminal activities". While it is important that this trafficking is exposed, the public can be confident in their blood services, Noel added.

Sanjay Kumar

Kirsten Myhr, MScPharm, MPH Bygdøy alle 58B 0265 Oslo, Norway Tel.: +47 22 56 05 85, fax: +47 22 24 90 17 myhr@online.no


TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: blackmarket; tainted; taintedblood
I was doing some searches, this came up. Thought it was interesting.

Made me think of the blood that was being investigated from the Red Cross. Also made me think of the tainted blood that caused the HIV outbreak in Guangdong Province of China.

1 posted on 04/09/2003 5:14:45 PM PDT by Calpernia
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To: All
Hi mom!
2 posted on 04/09/2003 5:15:50 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg; the_doc
Pings that make you go, hmmmm
3 posted on 04/09/2003 5:21:27 PM PDT by Calpernia (http://www.politicsandprotest.org/attack.swf)
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To: Support Free Republic
Oh no! I have MORE children? :)
4 posted on 04/09/2003 5:21:56 PM PDT by Calpernia (http://www.politicsandprotest.org/attack.swf)
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To: Support Free Republic
Lest we forget clintons arkansas prison blood !
5 posted on 04/09/2003 5:25:14 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ( clinton is a raping traitor!)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
Following that message thread I posted was the following comment:

Whilst I recognise the moderator's comments appended to my last mailing on this, what I was trying to point out was that in spite of words to the effect in the press release that traditional medicines must undergo tests of efficacy, safety and quality, Dr Samba was then quoted as saying, based on an observation at one facility, that what he saw provided concrete evidence that the traditional medicines being used were effective (in HIV/AIDS in this case) and funding will be provided on this basis (this is not quite what was said but was certainly implied).

There is no doubt that there are effective traditional medicines and I support the efforts being made to identify them, but conflicting statements such as contained in the press release do not help the cause.

Regards Douglas Ball Drug & Toxicology Information Service Dept of Pharmacy University of Zimbabwe PO Box A178 Avondale Harare, Zimbabwe Tel: 263-4-790233 Fax: 263-4-790233 or 795019 e-mail: dball@healthnet.zw

In other words, hush?

6 posted on 04/09/2003 5:28:16 PM PDT by Calpernia (http://www.politicsandprotest.org/attack.swf)
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To: Calpernia
The follow up message to that in this eDrugs thread:

Reprinted under the fair use doctrine of international copyright law:

Austria investigates allegations of tainted-blood exports

Lancet 2000; 356: 919 - 922 (9 September)

The trail of blood plasma infected with HIV, hepatitis, and syphilis
exported from
South Africa to European companies is being investigated by the police and
health
authorities in Austria, Switzerland, and the UK. There are apprehensions
that
unscrupulous brokers relabelled these contaminated products before selling
them
off to China and India, while earning millions of dollars, and endangering
many
lives.

A confidential investigation by Wilbert Bannenberg of the South African
Drug Action
Programme for the country's Department of Health concluded in May this year
that
exports of infected serum and blood plasma, although labelled "unfit for
human
use", had taken place during 1990-2000.

Although the London Sunday Times recently attributed Bannenberg's report to
WHO, the UN agency has denied that it is involved. Bannenberg's report
conceded that substantial exports were being made to plasma brokers
allegedly
implicated in illegal practices in Europe and that current controls on the
plasma
trade in South Africa were inadequate. Although the report found that no
South
African laws seemed to have been violated, the possibility of such
violations in
other countries was not ruled out.

South Africa has been exporting plasma for many years. From 1983-86, human
plasma was falsely labelled "animal plasma" and illegally exported to
Europe.
This illegal practice resulted in a court case and one conviction in
Belgium. In 1996,
Austrian police seized 4000 L of infected blood from a Linz-based company,
Albovina.

The Sunday Times report said that Austrian officials have investigated two
British
companies, based in Guernsey and Berkshire. Police are still trying to find
out
where the companies' plasma products were used. Johann Kurz, head of unit
for
biologicals with the federal Ministry of Social Security & Generation in
Vienna,
Austria, told The Lancet, "We suspect that in 1996 and earlier, some
products
coming from South Africa were transferred to India, China, and Hong Kong,
among
other countries". The products were albumin and intravenous
immunoglobulins.

Nevertheless, Luc Noel, Coordinator of Blood Safety with the WHO in Geneva,
Switzerland, emphasised that: "There should not be any confusion of the
transfusion services in South Africa--which are now world class--with these
criminal
activities". While it is important that this trafficking is exposed, the
public can be
confident in their blood services, Noel added.

Sanjay Kumar

Kirsten Myhr, MScPharm, MPH
Bygdøy alle 58B
0265 Oslo, Norway
Tel.: +47 22 56 05 85, fax: +47 22 24 90 17
myhr@online.no
7 posted on 04/09/2003 5:30:40 PM PDT by Calpernia (http://www.politicsandprotest.org/attack.swf)
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To: Admin Moderator
Is this post sourced enough to be moved to Front Page? Please review thread.
8 posted on 04/09/2003 5:31:51 PM PDT by Calpernia (http://www.politicsandprotest.org/attack.swf)
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To: Calpernia
Interesting.
9 posted on 04/09/2003 5:31:59 PM PDT by the_doc
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To: Calpernia
http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a38dfb2a8430a.htm
10 posted on 04/09/2003 5:34:47 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ( clinton is a raping traitor!)
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To: Calpernia
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM...Syphlis..
11 posted on 04/09/2003 5:35:40 PM PDT by Porterville (Screw the grammar, full posting ahead.)
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To: the_doc
Verrry interrresting, ja!
12 posted on 04/09/2003 5:35:43 PM PDT by Henchman
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
UNBELIEVABLE!
13 posted on 04/09/2003 5:36:26 PM PDT by Calpernia (http://www.politicsandprotest.org/attack.swf)
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To: Calpernia
Some articles are never old news. Good post.
14 posted on 05/23/2003 10:12:46 PM PDT by adanaC
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To: adanaC
Thanks adana. Wish there was more interactive comments on this thread. I was really curious to hear other's inputs.
15 posted on 05/24/2003 7:16:08 AM PDT by Calpernia (The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.)
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To: Calpernia
[South Africa has been exporting plasma for many years. From 1983-86, human plasma was falsely labelled "animal plasma" and illegally exported to Europe.]

We should never let this story die just because our elected officials won't reply to it. They are the ones who owe it to the people (or courts) to explain how this could have happened.

16 posted on 07/08/2003 11:01:55 AM PDT by adanaC
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To: adanaC
bump!
17 posted on 07/08/2003 12:52:58 PM PDT by Calpernia (Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.)
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To: Calpernia
bump backatcha Cal
18 posted on 07/14/2003 10:56:05 PM PDT by adanaC
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To: Calpernia

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1413439/posts
Red Cross apologizes for scandal

Keywork = tainted


19 posted on 05/30/2005 6:38:19 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

May the buck stop on Clinton's head.


20 posted on 05/30/2005 6:41:51 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: UCANSEE2; bmwcyle

take a moment to review this older post and the new link added.


21 posted on 05/30/2005 6:51:44 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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