A Chilling Revelation: Big Pharma Intentionally Sold Blood Infected With HIV And Hepatitis C

Written by Samuel Peterson.

Recent investigations have unearthed a horrifying truth: major pharmaceutical companies, including giants like Bayer and Revlon Healthcare, knowingly sold blood products contaminated with HIV and Hepatitis C to Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) in the 1970s and 1980s. These revelations emerged during a national inquiry that delved into the tragic fate of thousands of hemophiliacs who contracted these deadly viruses through infected blood products. The Daily Telegraph’s investigation into this matter has exposed a shocking disregard for human life and safety by these pharmaceutical behemoths.

Internal documents from both Bayer and Revlon’s Armour Pharmaceuticals reveal that the companies were aware their Factor VIII products were contaminated as early as the 1980s. Despite this knowledge, they continued to sell these products. Bayer’s internal marketing plan from 1985 even suggested targeting Asian markets with their HIV-tainted products because “AIDS has not become a major issue in Asia,” showcasing a callous approach to a global health crisis.

Profit Over People

The depth of the immorality doesn’t stop there. When Armour Pharmaceuticals discovered HIV in their supposedly sterile heat-treated Factor VIII product, they shockingly referred to it merely as a “marketing problem.” Dr. Mike Rodell, vice president of regulatory and technical affairs at Revlon Healthcare, was quoted saying the issue was not one of regulation but rather of marketing, indicating a gross misplacement of priorities focused solely on profit. The companies’ actions—or lack thereof—led to widespread suffering, with more than 1,250 people in the UK contracting HIV and approximately 5,000 more contracting hepatitis C from the contaminated products.

Armour Pharmaceuticals not only failed to disclose their findings to the US FDA promptly but also delayed reporting to the British Department of Health. This delay resulted in even more individuals, including children, becoming infected before the products were finally withdrawn from the market. The Infected Blood Inquiry, set to report its findings soon, is expected to cast a harsh light on the manufacturers of Factor VIII, highlighting a scandalous era in pharmaceutical history where profit was prioritized over patient safety and ethical considerations.

Our Take

The revelations from the Infected Blood Inquiry are a stark reminder of the critical need for stringent oversight and regulation within the pharmaceutical industry. Companies must be held accountable not only for the efficacy of their products but also for their ethical practices. The actions of Bayer and Armour Pharmaceuticals in the past underscore a dangerous tendency within the industry to prioritize profits at the expense of human lives. As we move forward, it is imperative that safeguards are put in place to prevent such tragedies from occurring again. Trust in healthcare is paramount, and it must be restored through transparency, accountability, and a steadfast commitment to the welfare of all patients.

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