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Haemophiliac patient goes to High Court to get synthetic factor VIII

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 27 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1250
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A man with haemophilia who has tested positive for HIV and hepatitis C went to the High Court in London last week to try to force his local primary care trust to fund treatment with synthetic blood products.

    The case of Peter Longstaff, aged 45, who has refused treatment with factor VIII derived from human blood plasma since 2000 because of concerns about its safety, is being treated by the court as a matter of urgency because his health is gradually …

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