Factor 8

Contaminated Blood Scandal campaign and advocacy group

Factor 8 is a non-profit organisation which is wholly comprised of the victims and families impacted by the Contaminated Blood Scandal.

Our mission and what we do

Truth, Justice & Recognition

We advocate on behalf of those infected and affected by anti-haemophilic clotting Factor products (such as Factor VIII Concentrate) in the 1970's and 1980's that were infected with HIV and/or Hepatitis C. Factor 8 conducts research and investigation into the Contaminated Blood Scandal, raises awareness and has developed a unique and extensive reservoir of knowledge and evidence on the subject. In addition to investigatory work, we also provide support groups, information and updates for those affected. Acknowledging the role and work of Factor 8, in September 2018 the Chair of the Infected Blood Inquiry, Sir Brian Langstaff, designated our organisation as a Core Participant in the Inquiry where we will assist the inquiry in achieving the best possible outcome.


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 The Contaminated Blood Scandal (Sometimes called the Tainted Blood Scandal) is the event of approximately 3,891 people in the UK (mostly Haemophiliacs) being infected with HIV and/or Hepatitis C by a commercial plasma-derived Medicine known as Factor VIII.

Factor VIII was made by pooling, or, mixing together many thousands of plasma donations, the plasma was processed, boxed and shipped as Factor VIII Concentrate. Most of it came from abroad and there were various US pharmaceutical companies who sold these products to the NHS during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Products that were given to UK patients at the time included Factorate, Hemofil, Kryobulin, Profilate, Koate and a few other homegrown concentrates.

The tragedy of infected Factor VIII is the largest loss-of-life incident in modern Britain with total deaths confirmed as surpassing 1,500. Events that unfolded within the Haemophilia community through infected blood-products in the 70's and 80's were avoidable and should never have happened, it was preventable. The Contaminated Blood Scandal is truly one of the most horrific tales never told. Learn More

 

Our Impact

Our organisation played a key role in securing and establishing both the Contaminated Blood Products Group Legal Action and the Infected Blood Inquiry. The main claimant in the legal action is Jason Evans (Founder of Factor 8). In 2018 the Chair of the Infected Blood Inquiry, Sir Brian Langstaff, appointed Factor 8 as a Core Participant to the Inquiry. Factor 8 has worked extensively with media, politicians and legal teams on a variety of issues.

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JULY 2017

The contaminated blood scandal of the 1970s and 80s is an appalling tragedy which should simply never have happened.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP (Prime Minister)

 

 

Projects

PUBLIC INQUIRY

After playing a key role to secure a Public Inquiry into the Contaminated Blood Scandal, we are working with the Inquiry and our Lawyers to achieve the best outcome for the Haemophilia community. The Infected Blood Inquiry is now underway.

The fatherless generation

The Fatherless Generation is a support group separate to Factor 8 which was established to provide a place for those who have lost parents to the Contaminated Blood Scandal to connect with each other, exchange stories and provide support.

GROUP LEGAL ACTION

Factor 8 continues to work with Collins Solicitors in regard to the Contaminated Blood Products Group Legal Action which was granted by Senior Master Fontaine at the High Court in September 2017. The case remains on-going.

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Get Involved and Join the community.

There are a number of ways you can get involved, whether you're wanting to become a Haemophilia activist or would simply like to connect with others who are affected.

 

JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP

We maintain a Private group on Facebook which accepts applications to join from those affected by the Contaminated Blood Scandal.

FOLLOW OUR PUBLIC FACEBOOK PAGE

Our public Facebook page posts regular updates about what's going on with Factor 8 as well  as the various projects that we are involved in.

Make a Donation

Unlike others, we don't believe in accepting money from Pharmaceutical companies, it’s a point of principal. So we truly rely on public support!