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Last Demonstration at Vancouver
ACT UP indicted Merck for its AIDS profiteering with its protease
But the last Golden Urn Award went to:
for knowingly selling HIV-tainted Blood to Hemphiliacs, murdering
"The worst medically induced tragedy in the history of the U.S."
Bayer Pharmaceuticals murdered thousands of Hemophiliacs when it
knowingly sold tainted blood products to patients in the U.S., Canada,
Japan, Costa Rica, Mexico, Brazil, the Philippines, and other
countries. The company now sells HIV drugs like IVIG and Mycelex
troche tablets to the very people they infected. According to reports,
Bayer has also formed a multi-million dollar joint venture with the
Red Cross to build a blood products factory in Canada.
Bayer is part of a group of blood products companies that are
currently being sued by hemophiliacs in several countries. Canadian
hemophiliacs who were infected by tainted blood products were awarded
approximately $125,000 each as compensation for HIV infection.
American hemophiliacs are currently considering an offer of
$60,000-$100,000 per person.
"These blood products companies are getting away with murder,"
commented ACT UP Golden Gate's Bill Thorne. "The financial settlements
these companies are paying People with AIDS are only a fraction of the
price the patients are paying every year for blood products from the
same companies that infected them." Other companies known to have sold
tainted blood products include Alpha Therapeutics, Baxter, and
"This is the worst medically-induced tragedy in the history of the
United States," commented Terry Stogdell, an HIV+ hemophiliac. "The
company also refuses to acknowledge the danger of other blood-born
viruses. Ninety-eight percent of Hemophiliacs have hepatitis, and most
have been exposed to arthritis-inducing parvo virus."
Although there were 10,000 US Hemophiliacs infected with HIV in 1985,
4,000 have died, not including their partners and children. The
company still sells clotting factor to hemophiliacs. Clotting factor,
for one person costs between $l - $6 per unit, or as much as $360,000
per person per year. Due to this fact, most people with Hemophilia are
living in poverty. Hemophiliacs maintain that Bayer keeps the price
high by creating artificial shortages. "Bayer has stopped
manufacturing clotting factor to drive up their prices," commented
Stogdell. The company is expected to recommence manufacturing in early
Fall, 1996, once supplies have dwindled.
ACT UP DEMANDS that the Krever commission immediately release the
names of the people to blame for the tainted blood tragedy that killed
For more information, please contact:
Durhane Wong-Rieger, President Canadian Hemophilia Society
514-848-0503 x40 Terry Stogdell 415/482-1899
To see photo's of this action and others during the week of the
International AIDS Conference in Vancouver (July 7-11) go the ACT
UP/NY's web site at : www.actupny.org.
ACT UP will continue its campaign against exorbitant drug prices in
Washington DC at the weekend of October 11-13th. We intend to hold
congress, the president and drug companies liable for the crisis high
prices have created for people suffering from life threatening
conditions such as AIDS.