But You Still Trust Bayer Aspirin, Right?

BAYER“The worst medically-induced tragedy in the history of the U.S.”

(Terry Stogdell, Former Spokesman, Canadian Hemophilia Society)

If all you read is English then it is highly unlikely you would ever know that Bayer – you know, the folks who make the aspirin you likely have popped into your mouth at least once – has paid out tens of millions of dollars, to offset a 30-year disgrace in which the drug company sold HIV-contaminated medications to hemophiliacs. Oh, it wasn’t by accident. They did it on purpose.

And thousands of them later died of AIDS.

“Bayer Pharmaceuticals is responsible for the deaths thousands of hemophiliacs. They knowingly sold contaminated blood products to patients in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Costa Rica, Mexico, Brazil and other countries. The company now earns millions by selling drugs to the very people they infected.”

(Doctor Sidney Wolfe, Co-founder, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group)

That’s kind of an important story, don’t you think? Not in America. You have to study Italian or French newspapers to discover that Bayer has been forced to write monster checks to people who got AIDS because –  in the 1980s – the pharmaceutical giant ignored federal law and recruited IV drug users, high-risk gay males and prisoners to donate blood. This blood was necessary in order for them to manufacture a clotting product they called Factor 8. The purpose of Factor 8 was to prevent hemophiliacs from bleeding to death.

European news sources report that the actual payout to patients and their families was $50,000,000, the largest settlement ever on the HIV/hemophilia issue. And two U.S. law firms negotiated it.

As part of the settlement, the attorneys in the case – as well as their very ill patients – were ordered not to talk about the details.

In 1997 Bayer began depositing millions into a compensation fund for hemophiliacs who had gotten HIV. It is estimated that about  20,000 people contracted the disease from the infected blood.

What about the Federal Drug Administration oversight?

The FDA’s Doctor Harry Meyer suggested that the issue should be “quietly solved without alerting the Congress, the medical community and the public.”

So the culture of accommodating crime continues to prevail at the FDA.

Ask us again why any Paramedic might become a medical heretic.

Here’s another view:

http://www.naturalnews.com/News_000647_Bayer_vaccines_HIV.html

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5 thoughts on “But You Still Trust Bayer Aspirin, Right?”

  1. Yes this is true. Here are other details not mentioned. “Decisions made nearly two decades ago were based on the best scientific information of the time and were consistent with the regulations in place. They cannot be judged on the information available today.” This occurred in the early 1980’s with medicine that was helping hemophiliacs stop the clotting which as you know they can die from. As it was found, it was improved, changed, no record of AIDS after 1980’s has been produced. Is so, please provide details, reputable articles, dates, and some facts. Please provide the entire story.

    Here are my sources:

    http://www.ahrp.org/infomail/0503/22.php
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bayer-sold-hiv-risky-meds/

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    1. Well I do not deny what Bayer did in the eighties to thousands of hemophiliacs. I am puzzled by this article; it’s dated 2015 and I am Terry Stogdells’ wodow. Terry died April 14, 2002, in my arms. So not sure how he could be a spokes person, unless it was pre 2002.

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      1. Sue –

        We were aware of Terry’s death and that it happened more than a decade ago. Clearly, his quote happened before he passed away. To our mind, what he said is as important today as it was the day he said it. In the years following Terry’s comments, take a look at what has happened:

        April, 2003 – Bayer pays largest Medicare fine ever – $257,000,000
        July, 2004 – Bayer pays another fine – $66,000,000
        October, 2004 – Bayer pays another fine – $4,700,000
        November, 2008 – Bayer pays another fine – $50,000,000
        October, 2010 – Bayer pays yet another fine – $3,300,000

        So the title of our article – as well as the point of our argument – is clear and uncomplicated:

        Why on earth would ANYBODY trust this drug cartel with something as important as personal health?

        We truly regret the loss of this fine man.

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    2. John:

      The “story” is this: Drug cartels are dominated by self-interest. What happens to any particular patient consuming their products is incidental to their goal of power; market niche and wealth-building. Never, ever forget this quote:

      “I want to sell drugs to everybody. I want to sell drugs to healthy people. I want drugs to sell like chewing gum.”
      Henry Gadsden
      Former Chief Executive Officer
      Merck Pharmaceuticals

      It’s that simple.

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    3. John said: “Decisions made nearly two decades ago were based on the best scientific information of the time and were consistent with the regulations in place. They cannot be judged on the information available today.”

      Our examination of internal Bayer company communications proves that this drug cartel was actively involved in unethical and probably criminal marketing schemes. The documents reveal that Bayer continued to sell contaminated blood plasma that caused thousands of hemophiliac patients to be infected with AIDS. The company continued to sell the contaminated blood in Asia for more than A YEAR after it had already introduced a safer, heated blood plasma version in the US and Europe in February of 1984.

      “Best scientific information available at the time?” Not even close.

      Bayer’s own internal memos showed unrestrained corrupt practices. They had strong financial reasons to continue to sell an AIDS-infected blood product – to get rid of inventory and “the company hoped to preserve the profit margin from ‘several large fixed-price contracts.'”

      The drug industry’s lies and crimes are shielded by the Food and Drug Administration. In 1985 FDA’s Doctor Harry Meyer willingly helped Bayer cover up “one of the worst drug-related medical disasters in history.” Meyer suggested that the issue should be “quietly solved without alerting the Congress, the medical community and the public.” This culture of accommodation continues to prevail at the FDA.

      You may want to do a bit more homework.

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