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Hemophiliacs sue Shanghai firm over HIV infections

THREE hemophiliacs in south China who claim they have contracted the HIV virus from a blood product have launched a 6 million yuan (US$878,436) compensation battle in three separate lawsuits.

The patients said they were infected with the HIV virus after using factor VIII, a blood product for hemophilia made by Shanghai Institute of Biological Products.

Chancheng District People's Court in Guangdong Province's Foshan City has accepted the lawsuits, Southern Metropolis Daily reported today.

SIBP, part of China National Biotec Corporation, is a large state-owned enterprise specializing in the research and development, production and marketing of biological products.

According to Ministry of Health regulations, SIBP stopped producing factor VIII in 1995 due to health fears.

But they did not stop selling the product until 1996, said Zhao Wei, father of one of the Foshan patients. Zhao told the newspaper he kept two bottles of HIV contaminated factor VIII as evidence, one produced in 1993 and the other in 1995.

The three Foshan patients had used factor VIII from 1990 to 1996, the Southern Metropolis Daily report said. They were diagnosed with HIV and the hepatitis C virus, a liver disease, from 2001 to 2005.

Though they have received 100,000 yuan (US$14,636) each in financial aid from SIBP, they said the amount was not enough to cover their high medical costs.

They demanded the same compensation package given to Shanghai patients, who receive a monthly living allowance of 1,000 yuan to 3,000 yuan and free medical treatment, on top of the 100,000 yuan already provided, the report said.

Zhao said his son has entered the active period of the infected disease and it costs 200,000 yuan each year for treatment.

He said an SIBP official disclosed to him that more than 50,000 patients had used SIBP's factor VIII and over 300 of them had contracted HIV nationwide.

Starting in 2004, patients launched lawsuits against SBIP over HIV infections.

According to earlier reports, Henan Province has been one of the most important blood collection bases for many enterprises such as SIBP.

Many farmers in Henan were infected with HIV in the blood donation process because of poor equipment and management. Contaminated supplies were unwittingly taken on by enterprises such as SIBP and then the related blood products were distributed around the country.


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