Some information about Baxter, the producer of ‘Tamiflu’.
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AIDS - Anatomy of a Tragedy In the 1980’s the FDA banned Baxter from using certain blood products known to contain HIV and AIDS. So what did they do? They sold them to foreign countries with no warning about what they contained:
In 1996 Bayer , Baxter, Armour and Alpha reached a US$600 million (€531 million) settlement of a class-action suit involving about 6,000 U.S. hemophiliacs, or their family members. The suit alleged that the hemophiliacs had been infected with AIDS after using untreated Factor VIII or a similar product. Bayer , which paid $290 million of the total, and the other companies admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement. The infections occurred before the medicines were replaced with heat-treated versions on the U.S. market.
U.K., Italian Citizens Sue Bayer Over Blood-Clotting Products Allegedly Made With HIV-Contaminated Blood
Several dozen British and Italian citizens on Friday filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Northern Illinois against the U.S. unit of… Bayer and five other pharmaceutical companies, alleging that the companies knowingly sold blood-clotting products that could have been tainted with blood containing HIV and hepatitis C. The suit — filed against Bayer, Baxter Healthcare, Armour Pharmaceutical, Alpha Therapeutic, the Aventis Behring unit of Aventis and Immuno-US
Iraqi Red Crescent Society Asks for $238M In Damages From Sanofi, Baxter Over HIV-Infected Blood Products
The Iraqi Red Crescent Society on behalf of a group of HIV-positive Iraqis is asking for $238 million in damages from pharmaceutical companies Sanofi-Aventis and Baxter in a lawsuit that claims the people contracted the virus through contaminated blood the companies’ subsidiaries sold to Iraq in the 1980s to treat children with hemophilia, AFP/Yahoo! News reports (Abboud, AFP/Yahoo! News, 3/26). The civil suit was filed in September 2006 by three groups in Iraq
U.S. health officials said Wednesday they have found a contaminant in a blood-thinning drug produced by Baxter Healthcare Corp. that has been linked to more than a dozen deaths in the United States. Baxter shipped out Heparin that did not even contain the main ingredient, but instead contained a chemically similar compound.
# FDA investigators find “a heparin-like compound — that is not heparin”
# Tests did not pick up the contaminant because it reacts like heparin
# FDA: It’s not clear whether the contaminant was added accidentally or deliberately
# At least 19 deaths have been linked to the drug since 2007
July 16 (Bloomberg) — CSL Ltd. and Baxter International Inc. were sued by a Missouri hospital over allegations they conspired to fix and raise prices for blood plasma products.
The companies used key words to encourage each other to increase supply only incrementally to keep pace with demand and not to increase supply to the extent the companies actually compete for market share, lawyers for Pemiscot Memorial Hospital, based in Hayti, Missouri, said in a complaint filed yesterday. The lawsuit was filed in Philadelphia federal court.
“As a result of the conspiracy, prices for blood plasma products were higher than they otherwise would have been,” Marc Machiz, an attorney for Pemiscot, said in the complaint. “Beginning in 2005 and continuing through the present, prices for blood plasma proteins have increased substantially.”
Contaminated haemophilia blood products were a serious public health problem in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Hundreds of Iranians and Iraqis infected with HIV through transfusion of contaminated blood supplied by Baxter and Sanofi-Aventis. 6000 to 10000 Americans also got infected with HIV. Companies involved included Armour Pharmaceutical Company, Bayer Corporation and its Cutter Biological division, Baxter International. In late 1984, hemophiliacs in Hong Kong began testing positive for HIV, some local doctors began to question whether Cutter (Baxter) was dumping “AIDS tainted” medicine into less-developed countries. Several of the infected hemophiliacs from Iraq spoke with the New York Times in 2006 about life under Hussein’s rule. They were forced to “sign a pledge vowing not to work, marry, attend school, use public swimming pools or barbershops, visit a doctor’s office or tell anyone about their condition”, punishable by death.
Fast-tracked Swine Flu Vaccine under Fire - The vaccines far more deadly than the swine flu; mass vaccinations a recipe for disaster
Sanofi-Aventis, Baxter claim they can ready a preventive swine flu vaccine within months even though they haven’t conducted trials.
We are very concerned over the stockpile of experimental vaccines that appear to be intended for mass vaccination. Please allow me to submit the enclosed report, also pasted below, which summarises existing evidence on why mass vaccinations especially of school children should not be undertaken. The vaccines are likely to be ineffective, and the side effects worse than the disease they are supposed to prevent. The vaccines have not been fully tested for safety and the intended adjuvants include ingredients well known to be toxic.
Watchdog opposes fast-track vaccine for school children
The US government is intending to vaccinate all children in September when school re-opens, and the country’s vaccine watchdog National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) has called on the Obama Administration and all state Governors to provide evidence that the move is “necessary and safe”, demanding “strong mechanisms for vaccine safety screening, recording, monitoring, reporting and vaccine injury compensation.”
The NVIC is asking whether the states are prepared to obey vaccine safety provisions in the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which include: 1. Giving parents written information about vaccine benefits and risks before children are vaccinated; 2. Keeping a record of which vaccines the children get, including the manufacturer’s name and lot number; 3. Recording which vaccines were given in the child’s medical record; and 4. Recording serious health problems that develop after vaccination in the child’s medical record and immediately making a report to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.”