I was born in early 80s, so I didn't hear much about this the first time around. Some other Canadian will have to enlighten us.
Being born then, I also don't know much about the HIV timeline... did they *know* they were passing around HIV contaminated blood? Were there tests for it at the time this was happening?
They should have known about hepatitis C contamination though (at least I would suspect so)
Found a link with some more information:
HAMILTON -- Tens of thousands of Canadians infected with AIDS or hepatitis C got an apology from the Canadian Red Cross yesterday after the charity pleaded guilty to distributing tainted blood in exchange for dropped criminal charges.
Plead guilty, and suddenly the criminal charges are dropped... oh great.
"We accept responsibility through our plea for having distributed harmful products to those that rely on us for their health."
I'm sure the plea will be much confort to those living with HIV/Hep C (or those with families living with their death)
The charity accepted responsibility for the deadly tainted-blood scandal of the 1980s and early 1990s and said it would pay a $5,000 fine and dedicate $1.5 million to a scholarship fund and research project aimed at reducing medical errors.
In exchange for a guilty plea under the federal Food and Drugs Act, the Crown withdrew charges of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and common nuisance.
So they are paying a 5 000$ fine, and donating $750 000 to scholarship for victims, and another $750 000 to research to ensure this doesn't happen again.
In an agreed statement of facts, prosecutor John Ayre said the organization had been too slow in implementing screening for HIV and hepatitis C in blood in the 1980s.
Ayre said convicting the non-profit organization of a criminal offence and levying a large fine would cripple its ability to carry on the humanitarian relief work for which it is renowned.
How slow? I suppose I'll need to pull up an HIV timeline... why were they slow? because they figure few people were infected? Figured it would slow them down and prevent them from helping the most people?
Edited by sierraleone, 31 May 2005 - 08:34 AM.
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