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Ireland announces compensation for hepatitis C

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 23 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:771
  1. Drug Utilisation Research Unit, Belfast

    The Irish government has announced a package of compensation and treatment for people infected with hepatitis C virus after they were given blood transfusions or anti-D immunoglobulin. Blood donations were not tested for the virus before 1991, and some 500 people are estimated to have been infected by blood products, while about 1000 women were infected after being given anti-D immunoglobulin during pregnancy.

    In a press release issued last week the minister of health, Mr Michael Noonan, said, “I am very hopeful that all those …

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