Tehran, YJC. Former head of Iran Blood Transfusion Organization says that Iran has failed to charge Sanofi for contaminated blood due to inexperience.
Former head of Iran Blood Transfusion Organization Hassan Abolqasemi in interview with Tasnim said "As with many other cases, here also the post-Revolutionary inexperience must have been the case. We have suffered damages for such instances of immaturity in the country’s executive administration, of which this case is yet another example.”
"About 3 decades ago, in 1984-5, the Marion institute which is now owned by Sanofi-Aventis issued factors contaminated with HIV for hemophiliacs from West Germany, Italy, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, and Iran.”
"Right then the Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization made a contract with the French company Marion to import blood products for domestic blood refineries. After the initial usages of the company’s blood products, a number of the hemophiliac had caught Hepatitis type C and AIDS. After that, a number of those affected by these blood illnesses sued the Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization.”
"The contamination of these factors was revealed to the country’s officials based on reports by the country’s representative in Iran. After it was made clear that the source for the contamination of these blood products in the hemophiliac cases had been a foreign one, the Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization sued the French company in 2008, which has got nowhere so far.”
The French company Marion has admitted to the fact.
The company’s Iranian franchise operates under the name Sanofi-Aventis.
Some reports say that the Iranian government has so far paid Rls250 billion to the contaminated patients, whereas it has not taken anything from the French company.