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2 Firms to Pay HIV-Infected Hemophiliacs




 

Philadelphia Inquirer (08/03/94) P. A1

In a move that limits but does not completely eliminate future litigation against them, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Inc. and Baxter International Inc. will contribute as much as $160 million to a fund for hemophiliacs who acquired HIV infection from blood- clotting products manufactured by the companies. As many as 6,000 infected individuals and their families are expected to apply for the compensation, according to David S. Shrager, lead counsel in the case. Filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, the lawsuit alleges that Baxter, Rhone-Poulenc, and three other companies sold and promoted HIV-contaminated plasma proteins in the mid-1980s, even after learning of the risk involved. The plaintiffs charge that the companies did not adequately screen donors, test or treat plasma, or fully warn hemophiliacs about the risks. Three other firms accused- -Miles Inc., Alpha Therapeutic Corp., and the National Hemophilia Foundation--opted not to participate in the settlement. Related Stories: Wall Street Journal (08/03) P. B7; New York Times (08/03) P. A22; Baltimore Sun (08/03) P. 2A



 


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