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"A Federal Government inquiry has been told that its own Health Department may have allowed blood plasma to be collected from drug addicts, prostitutes and criminals.

The plasma was allegedly used to make medicines for hospital patients.

A victim support group has also alleged that the Red Cross Blood Service and the department ignored warnings from British and French health authorities that what they were doing might be dangerous.

"The federal Health Department, the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories and the Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service . . . implemented a policy that took blood from a group they knew to be predominantly made up of criminals, injectors of illegal drugs, prostitutes and other people generally unfit for blood Alternative Treatments," he said.

He claimed the policy was likely to have encouraged high-risk donors to use the system as a way of testing themselves for other viruses.

"A potential for criminals and injectors of illegal drugs to use blood Alternative Treatments centers as discreet blood-testing facilities should never have been encouraged, however inadvertently," he said.

The Red Cross and the Health Department have told the inquiry that they followed the lead of the United States' Food and Drug Administration in allowing hepatitis C-infected plasma to be collected. " Risky blood collection allegations


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Blood Action Plan

FDA/CBER is responsible for regulatory oversight of the U.S. blood supply. FDA promulgates and enforces standards for blood collection and for the manufacturing of blood products, including both transfusible components of whole blood, pharmaceuticals derived from blood cells or plasma, and related medical devices


Blood-test technician caught reusing needles; thousands could be affected

Any patients sent to the SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratory since the technician began working there could be at risk, state health officials said Friday. Letters warning of the risks are being mailed Saturday.


CHAC Call[ed] on Gov't [IN MAY,1998] to Compensate All Who Contracted Hepatitis C from Tainted Blood

The Catholic Health Association of Canada (CHAC) has written to the Prime Minister expressing strong disagreement about thee manner in which the federal government is neglecting the needs of all those who have been afflicted by hepatitis C due to failures in the blood safety regulatory systems.


FDA Threatens Red Cross with Fines

The government is threatening the American Red Cross (news -web sites) with thousands of dollars in fines for allegedly violating a court settlement that was supposed to end continuing disputes over blood safety rules.


Gov't: Red Cross Did Not Probe Infections

The American Red Cross received reports that 134 people, including one who died, got hepatitis B after blood transfusions, but the organization did not investigate them because of internal policies that violate government safety rules, federal regulators say.


Japanese woman dies after hepatitis B infection from tainted blood

A Japanese women died last June after being infected with hepatitis B from a tainted blood donor, a report said, adding to renewed concerns over laxity in the nation's blood screening process.


New Postexposure Protocol for Occupational - Exposure to Bloodborne Diseases

The OSHA report, includes information from a recent study showing that zidovudine prophylaxis after percutaneous exposure to HIV can reduce the risk of seroconversion by almost 80 percent,



The nature of the modes of transmission of blood borne viruses, such as the human immuno-deficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and Hepatitis B and C, create particular health issues and problems for the community in controlling and containing the spread of infection.



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Red Cross Under Fire

FDA inspectors found more than 200 safety violations by the Red Cross. And as CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports, many of the violations were offenses the Red Cross has repeatedly been ordered to fix.


Red Cross violated Blood Safety Rules

The American Red Cross may have released tainted blood to hospitals, the government said Friday, reporting more than 200 violations of federal blood safety rules in its battle to get the Red Cross to improve the quality of its blood operation


Residual Risk of HIV Transmission from Blood Donors Remains during Window Period

Transmission of HIV through blood transfusion from a donor who tested negative for HIV antibodies and p24 antigen at the time of Alternative Treatments highlights the residual risk of HIV transmission from donors during the window period.


Risky blood collection allegations

A Federal Government inquiry has been told that its own Health Department may have allowed blood plasma to be collected from drug addicts, prostitutes and criminals.


Safe Injection - Vital to Health

Safe "sharps" practices require a well functioning system of management, supervision, training, logistics, infrastructure, and support. Any breakdown in the system will result in increased risk of disease transmission from contaminated sharps.



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