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Old 11-21-2002, 03:45 PM
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Today's Globe and Mail:
<www.globeandmail.com> Third article down, click on it there are 5 excellant links.

The R.C.M.P. Task Force that investigated:
<www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/html/bloodtaskforce.htm>

Linda Tant Miller's website about The Arkansas Prisons "Cummins Plasma Unit" and how they KILLED her brother Bud, a former U.S. MARINE:
<www.geocities.com/bloodcows/>
(Linda, I love you, woman!)

Bill Clinton's connections, to the whole mess?
<http://www.prisonactivist.org/piperm...ry/003442.html>

Many of you folks have only been learning about Hepatitis C recently, usually unfortunately, because a loved one of yours has just been diagnosed.

Well, some of us, (like ME!!!) have been fighting this Hep C battle for YEARS. My husband Gerard DIED on Sept. 23, 1999, due to a tainted blood transfusion. He was very sick for years before then!

In 1993, a Commission of Inquiry was set up in Canada, to look at how Hep C was coming into Canada. Judge Krever issued a scathing report issuing notice to 95 health officials, corporations and governments regarding their wrongdoing and potential criminal liability, for the spread of Hep C.!

Jan 19, 1996, The Red Cross, six of 10 Canadian provinces, 5 pharmaceutical companies and 64 individuals asked the Federal Court of Canada to stop the enquiry, and seal the resulting "Krever Report". Judge Krever went public, to the Press! (BRAVO, Sir!!!)

After several appeals to the Supreme Court by the "guilty" parties, Justice Krever released his full report publicly on Nov. 26, 1997. Less than a month later, on Dec. 22, 1997, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (R.C.M.P.) set up a task force to investigate criminal allegations in what's come to be known as "the tainted blood scandal".

In the meantime several civil lawsuits were launched, especially after we, the Hep C families, learned (through R.C.M.P. tracebacks of our individual transfusions)that this tainted blood was coming from the U. S. Prison System, who were bleeding these men, and paying the inmates a dollar a pint for their blood!

Mar '98, Canadian government announces a $1.1 BILLION dollar package to compensate us, the Hep C families.

Jan '99 - the Canadian Hemophilia Society launched a $1 BILLION dollar lawsuit. (Thank You Forever, Mike McCarthy! You will always be one of my heroes!!!!!)

Mar. 99 - The Red Cross offers ALL OF US collectively, $60 million, provided we can PROVE that we got it between 1986 and 1990. (Duh, drugs for Hep C costs $127,000 a YEAR, for each patient! There are at that point 60,000 of us. Someone do the math?)

April 2002 (7 months ago) of all those so-called compensation packages, less than $200 million has ever been paid out.

MY HUSBAND IS DEAD. MY SON IS FATHERLESS. WE LOST OUR HOSUE, CLEANED OUT BOTH OUR PENSION PLANS, AND OUR SON'S EDUCATION PLAN, AND I BORROWED MONEY TO BURY THE MAN. And guess what, folks? I haven't seen one red cent in compensation!

BUT all along, we the families, have co-operated and helped the R.C.M.P. with their investigation. We let their pathologists do autopsies on our loved ones. We gave blood samples for them to trace. We opened our medical records...

TODAY, WE HAVE WON A PARTIAL VICTORY!

32 CRIMINAL charges have been laid, against:

A)The RED CROSS SOCIETY - 6 counts of endangering the public.

B)Roger Perrault, former director of the Red Cross Society's Blood Transfusion Service - 3 counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, and 7 counts of endangering the public.

C)John Furesz, former director of the Government Bureau of Biologics (Health Protection)- 3 counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, 1 count of endangering the public.

D) Wark Boucher, former chief of blood products at the Government Bureau of Biologics - 3 counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, 1 count of endangering the public.

E) Dr. Michale Rodell, of Pennsylvania, a former executive with a U.S. drug firm - 3 counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, 1 count of endangeringthe public.

F)ARMOUR PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY, located in Bridgewater, New Jersey, 3 counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, 1 count of endangering the public, and 1 count of "failure to notify" (that they were shipping toxic blood into Canada) under the Food and Drugs Act Regulations.

More charges are coming...

The RED CROSS said today they "Are terribly sorry for their part in the tragedy, and the pain caused to those affected."

Too bloody bad that "those affected" are almost all dead by now!!!!

With most righteous indignation,
Menolly


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Wonderful news - maybe now they'll have some accountability! I know it doesn't bring back your husband, but perhaps the work you do will save mine. Thank you.
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If ANY of you need the history of this, and who else is responsible, but NOT being held accountable, oh boy, let me know.

I have ALL THEIR NAMES!!! And every microsecond of the history of this!!!! You'd be astounded at who else is getting away with MURDER!!!!

Those of you with loved ones just diagnosed, get yourselves BINDERS today, and start DOCUMENTING EVERYTHING! It may take YEARS, but you never know. Someday, a bit of justice might come.
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Congratulations Menolly, I can only imagine what this must mean to you. In 1999 I won a wrongful death lawsuit for my 86 yr. old Mom against a doctor , lab, ins.co. and hosp. I was told it couldn't be done because of my Moms age, and it didn't bring her back but a bit of justise was serverd.So for me I probably wouldn'd be astounded who is getting away with MURDER!!! It's shameful!!!
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Menolly,

Thank you for posting this and although I appreciate it and will read every article and link - it is hard for me too.

My father dies ten years ago from HepC. He received a blood transfusion during surgery and that was that! 13 years of progressive sickness - the last couple of years being the worst. No terminal illness is nice to watch take a loved one from you but I will tell you that I never want to watch someone die of liver failure again. 13 years of illness.

Now Menolly, I am not sure if you are aware, but my father contracted this horrible disease pre '86 and my mother is part of the law suits that are set up for this group. There have been two pay outs of settlement cash to this group so far but in the grand scheme of things, not a lot of money.

We have reason to believe that the blood that my father received came from the US prison system. We have not been able to verify this as yet. I have asked for the trace to be done several times and NO word ever comes back from this. I don't know if I want to think that not responding is an admission of guilt or not?

In any event, I would like to know where the blood came from...

This is a terrible situation for anyone to go through but what is the most distressing is that it takes away your desire to trust the health care system. It does not matter if the blood comes from a prison system or the general public at large - who was the idiot that decided not to screen it?

Menolly - I would love to pursue this further but I have to a certain extent given up. It is difficult to go after large organizations like are involved here and the paper work and grief is huge! You know this! I will help where I can if you want to launch an attack!
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Teb, if there's any blood I want, it is Connaught Labs, and Paul Martin! Yeah, he with dreams of being Canada's next prime minister! He sat on the Board of Directors at Connaught, and AUTHORIZED the importation of the blood the Americans REJECTED as unfit for human consumption.

Do your homework Teb. The 4 year window period when people DID get compensation? It was EXACTLY the 4 years Martin was NOT at Connaught!!!!

I KNOW I'll never win. Even if we did, would Gerard come back to life? Would your father? Any of the tens of thousands of others?

As for trusting the health care system, Teb, I work in it! You want scary? Ask me about the "TT Virus" that is presently in the blood system, that everyone is saying "Oh, no, it's NOT another AIDS or Hep C epidemic. Trust us!"

As for the inmates that donated the blood? They were as used as our loved ones. And just as neglected. So, lets call a spade a shovel.

It is the blood brokers, that are to blame. FOLLOW THE MONEY, Ken. That usually leads to some truths that rarely comes out in the press!

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For info about "TT Virus" check out:

<http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/365234.stm>

They've KNOWN about TT Virus for about 4 YEARS now. (This article I've linked you to, is from about 3 YEARS ago!) Experts also know it is in about 30% of the North American Blood Supply.

But is ANYONE TELLING YOU? No!! Is ANYONE SCREENING donations for it? Again, no!! And they tell US, who work in and around medical circles NOT TO TELL ANYONE! They don't want another HIV or Hep C panic!

They are STILL at it, the blood brokers! That's what galls me the most!

Menolly

Oh, and while you're at it. Do a websearch about "TRALI"...
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"The New York Times"
November 28, 2002
Prisoners' Suit Says New Jersey Ignored Hepatitis to Save Money
By RICHARD LEZIN JONES and RONALD SMOTHERS


or a decade, Walter L. Bennett waited to release the pause button on his life, stride through the gates of the South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton, N.J., and begin his life anew. Convicted of armed robbery in 1992, he was finally about to make that walk last June. But before he could resume his life as a free man, he found it endangered by a harsh truth from his captivity: he had tested positive for hepatitis C.

"I trusted that my health was fine, up to par," Mr. Bennett, 42, recalled in an interview yesterday. "But here it is before my release, they drop this bombshell on me. Then they don't give me any information. They just kick me out of the door and tell me to get treatment."

Mr. Bennett is part of what health experts and advocates for inmates' rights say is a growing health crisis in the nation's prison system: the rampant spread of hepatitis C, a potentially fatal liver virus, among inmate populations. A recent federal study indicated that nearly a fifth of the nation's state prison inmates are infected with the disease and that they contract it at a rate 10 times that of the general American population. The problem often goes unchecked because some states do not treat inmates with the disease, the study said.

In a class-action lawsuit filed in a federal court on behalf of Mr. Bennett and 10 unnamed inmates, lawyers hope to change that. Mr. Bennett charges that in order to save money, the New Jersey Department of Corrections and its health care provider did not treat prisoners for hepatitis C.

In papers filed with the suit in Federal District Court in Camden last month, Mr. Bennett's lawyers said the health care provider, Correctional Medical Services, ignored "the issue of hepatitis C virus in order to receive a larger profit from the fees received from New Jersey's Corrections Department."

Corrections officials and the provider declined to comment specifically on the suit, citing internal policies on pending litigation. But Ken Fields, a spokesman for Correctional Medical Services, based in St. Louis, said any allegations that it had placed profits ahead of the medical needs of its patients were "absolutely untrue."

Mr. Bennett, a former intravenous drug user, said he was not told he had tested positive for hepatitis C until two weeks before his release. The suit says Mr. Bennett was not advised on how he might be treated for the disease or cautioned about how the virus, which is blood borne, could be spread to others. A few days after his release, Mr. Bennett was married. He said he later learned that the disease could be spread through unprotected sex. He said his wife has so far tested negative for the disease.

He said he was told after his release that prison officials had misplaced the results of blood tests taken in 2000 that showed elevated levels of liver enzymes, a sign of the disease. "The system betrayed me," he said.

Laura Feldman, a lawyer who filed the suit with her partner Rosemary Pinto, said Mr. Bennett's predicament showed a need for greater education about the disease among prison inmates. "It's a twofold problem," she said. "It's a problem of hepatitis C being spread in the prison population, and the problem of prisoners being released into society with this disease and the threat to society."

The virus, which is fatal in about one of every 20 cases, causes liver disease in about a fifth of its victims and is the leading reason for liver transplants. About four million Americans have the virus.

Nationally, nearly a fifth of all state prison inmates are infected with hepatitis C, according to a study conducted last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health experts say that the disease is most commonly spread among inmates through intravenous drug use, unprotected sex, the sharing of items like toothbrushes and razors and the use of unsterilized needles by amateur prison tattoo artists.

In New York, about 14 percent of the state's inmates are infected, according to the study. In Connecticut, the figure is about 15 percent.

New Jersey officials, who have not tested prisoners extensively for the disease, reported recently that about 1,200 of the state's 23,000 inmates are infected. But many who study prison health care question that figure, both because the state has not tested broadly for the virus and because it sets the state's inmate infection rate at 5 percent, drastically lower than the national average, 18 percent.

Until last month, New Jersey was the only one of the 10 most populous states that did not treat prisoners for hepatitis C. But after articles in The Philadelphia Inquirer last July about the spread of hepatitis among prison inmates, state officials announced that New Jersey would begin to pay for hepatitis treatment, which can cost as much as $25,000 per inmate.

That treatment, which often involves a combination of the drugs interferon and ribavirin, can curb the virus in as many half the cases, according to figures from the centers. But there is no vaccine for hepatitis C, and the drugs can have adverse side effects.

The state also offered Correctional Medical Services a 10-month extension on its contract. Before the extension was granted, the company, which according to court papers holds a contract with New Jersey worth nearly $100 million, said that hepatitis C treatments should not be considered part of its basic health care contract and that the state should pay extra for them. The state differed, but agreed to pay the costs for the next 10 months.

Mr. Fields, spokesman for the company, said each inmate's physician would consider treatment options case by case.

Mr. Bennett said that he was considering treatment options with a private physician and that he and his wife, Rita, had struggled with the impact of his illness. "She was angry at me at first, but then she realized that it wasn't my fault," he said.

His wife added: "They could have said something to him. Ten years in prison, they could have said something to him."



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