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Canadian Blood Scandal
September 19, 2003

Police completed a five-year investigation of a tainted blood scandal that infected thousands of Canadians with HIV and hepatitis C by filing charges Wednesday against four doctors, the Red Cross and a U.S. pharmaceutical company.

The charges include criminal negligence causing bodily harm, which carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence, in the case involving donated blood infected with HIV and hepatitis C that reached medical patients.

Supt. Rod Knecht, who heads a Royal Canadian Mounted Police task force created to investigate the case, said further charges were possible.

The case is considered one of the worst public health disasters in Canadian history, with 1,200 people getting infected with HIV and thousands of others contracting hepatitis C after receiving tainted blood and blood products.

Canada's Red Cross began screening blood for HIV in 1985 and for hepatitis C in 1990.

The Red Cross was charged Wednesday with six counts of common nuisance by endangering the public.

"The Canadian public has the right to expect the safest blood and the safest blood products possible," said Knecht, the task force head.

Also charged was the Armour pharmaceutical company, a subsidiary of Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Inc. of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, which faces three counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, one count of common nuisance and one count of failure to notify under the Food and Drug Act.

Four doctors also face similar charges.

The task force was formed in 1997 after a judge's report on the Canadian blood system criticized the Red Cross and the government for problems that allowed the tainted blood scandal to occur.

Lawsuits and compensation packages involving the Red Cross and the federal and provincial governments include a C$1.1 billion ($711 million U.S.) government fund.



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