India hit by contaminated blood scandal

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 19 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:467

A complaint that the Red Cross blood bank in Bombay supplied several hospitals with blood that was contaminated with HIV threatens to snowball into India's biggest blood scandal since the government made screening for HIV mandatory six years ago. A former Red Cross doctor has told government investigators that he has evidence that several hundred bottles of blood whose contamination status is unknown remain unaccounted for in the blood bank's records.

The controversy arose last month when blood bank officers complained to the government that Red Cross staff had supplied fifteen 300 ml bottles of blood known to be contaminated with HIV to city hospitals between February 1992 and July 1994. “It is about time authorities …

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