Bayer Sells AIDS-Infected Drug Banned in U.S. in Europe, Asia

Just to show how you little the FDA has really cared about drug safety, you'll be as upset as I was to watch this recent video clip from MSNBC's Scarborough Country about Bayer selling an AIDS-contaminated drug called Factor VIII to hemophiliacs in this country in the 1980s.

Even worse, despite warnings from the FDA, Bayer officials removed the tainted product from the U.S. market and shipped it to sell in Asia and Europe anyway.

An interesting factoid: When the French government discovered the Bayer coverup going on under their noses, officials who made the decision to bring the tainted to their country were arrested and sent to prison. In America, however, no Bayer official has ever been investigated or indicted.

To demonstrate the level of corruption that has persisted at the federal level for decades -- always weighing dollars versus drug safety -- the late FDA official Dr. Harry Meyer, Jr. told Bayer officials in a meeting that the issue be "quietly solved without alerting the Congress, the medical community and the public."

If you had any reason to believe the FDA was able to protect your health, this awesome video report should remove any doubt. April 2, 2006

New York Times May 22, 2003

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