Blood Money: Bayer’s Inventory of HIV-Contaminated Blood Products and Third World Hemophiliacs

TitleBlood Money: Bayer’s Inventory of HIV-Contaminated Blood Products and Third World Hemophiliacs
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsMcHenry, L, Khoshnood, M
JournalAccountability in Research: Policies & Quality Assurance
Date Published2014
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number08989621
Keywordsaids , antihemophiliac , Bayer , BLOOD , business , Cutter , heat , hemophilia , HEMOPHILIACS , hepatitis , HIV , Human , Medical , Third
AbstractThis article presents an overlooked case of research misconduct and violations of basic principles of medical and business ethics. When Bayer’s Cutter Laboratories realized that their blood products, Factor VIII and IX or antihemophiliac factor (AHF), were contaminated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the financial investment in the product was considered too high to destroy the inventory. Cutter misrepresented the results of its own research and sold the contaminated AHF to overseas markets in Asia and Latin America without the precaution of heat treating the product recommended for eliminating the risk. As a consequence, hemophiliacs who infused the HIV-contaminated Factor VIII and IX tested positive for HIV and developed AIDS. 
NotesMcHenry, Leemon 1; Khoshnood, Mellad 2; Affiliations: 1: Department of Philosophy, California State University, Ns, California, USA; 2: Department of Medicine, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Kentucky, USA; Issue Info: Nov/Dec2014, Vol. 21 Issue 6, p389; Thesaurus Term: BUSINESS ethics; Thesaurus Term: HEAT treatment; Subject Term: HIV (Viruses); Subject Term: BLOOD products; Subject Term: HEMOPHILIACS; Subject Term: MEDICAL ethics; Subject Term: AIDS (Disease); Author-Supplied Keyword: AIDS; Author-Supplied Keyword: antihemophiliac factor (AHF); Author-Supplied Keyword: Bayer; Author-Supplied Keyword: Cutter Laboratories; Author-Supplied Keyword: hemophilia; Author-Supplied Keyword: hepatitis; Author-Supplied Keyword: human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); Author-Supplied Keyword: Third World; Number of Pages: 12p; Document Type: Article