Infected blood scandal (France)

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France's Infected blood scandal began in April 1991 when doctor and journalist Anne-Marie Casteret (fr) published an article in the weekly magazine the L'Événement du jeudi (fr) proving that the Centre National de Transfusion Sanguine (fr)[citation needed] knowingly distributed blood products contaminated with HIV to haemophiliacs in 1984 and 1985.[1]

In January 8, 1985, multi-national health care company Abbott Laboratories sought authorisation to sell equipment needed for blood testing. Response to the demand was delayed as the government was waiting for a rival French test to be released[1].

In 1992, Anne-Marie Casteret published a book Blood scandal (L'affaire du sang)[2] which refuted the argument that nobody was aware in 1985 that the heating of blood made the virus inactive. The book included evidence that as early as 1983, researchers had put forth this assumption.[3][4]

In 1999, the former socialist Prime Minister Laurent Fabius, former Social Affairs Minister Georgina Dufoix and former Health Minister Edmond Herve were charged with "manslaughter". The Court of Justice of Republic found Edmond Herve guilty, and acquitted Fabius and Dufoix. Although Herve was found guilty, he received no sentence.[5][6]

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  1. ^ a b Riding, Alan (1994-02-13). "Scandal Over Tainted Blood Widens in France". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-07-12. 
  2. ^ Casteret, Anne-Marie (1992). L'affaire du sang (in French). Paris: Éditions La Découverte. ISBN 2707121150. 
  3. ^ Anne-Marie Casteret (1992). L'affaire du sang. Editions La Découverte. ISBN 2-7071-2115-0. 
  4. ^ Jean Sanitas (1994). Le sang et le SIDA : une enquête critique sur l'affaire du sang contaminé et le scandale des transfusions sanguines. L'Harmattan. ISBN 2-7384-3085-6. 
  5. ^ Mike Ingram (March 12, 1999). "Court acquits former prime minister". Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  6. ^ "Blood scandal ministers walk free". BBC News. March 9, 1999. Retrieved 2007-02-18.