A groundbreaking class action lawsuit was recently filed on behalf
of Americans with hemophilia, or their survivors and estates,
who from 1978 to 1990 were infected with
HCV. The suit, which targets a number of drug companies,
excludes people who were co-infected with HIV.
The class action lawsuit alleges that for years the defendants
knew of serious Non-A Non-B hepatitis infections caused by agents
transmissible by blood and Factor VIII and IX and yet failed to
warn persons with hemophilia, or the medical community more generally,
of these risks and failed to act quickly to render the agents
non-infective. The suit claims that a simple detergent treatment,
which existed at the time, would have been an effective method
for deactivating viruses in factor concentrate.
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