Bad Blood In France

A scandal erupts over the sale of AIDS-tainted clotting factor to hemophiliacs

What did you know and when did you know it? That is the question that hemophiliacs in France are hurling at doctors and government officials after it was revealed that the country's National Center of Blood Transfusion (CNTS) had knowingly distributed AIDS-contaminated blood products to hemophiliacs in 1985. The scandal, which broke two months ago, prompted the center's director to resign, and an official government investigation is under way.

The furor began when L'Evenement du Jeudi, a weekly magazine, published the confidential minutes of a 1985 CNTS meeting during which agency officials concluded that 100% of the concentrated blood-clotting factors used...

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