The Factor 8 Scandal
(Contaminated Blood Scandal / Tainted Blood Scandal)
Before looking at the Factor 8 Scandal in detail, it is vital to understand one crucial point... Long before Factor Concentrates first hit the market in in the 1970's, it was common knowledge in the medical and pharmaceutical community that the raw material these products were made from, "Blood Plasma", could transmit viruses such as Hepatitis, and that by "pooling" tens of thousands of donations, the risk of infection was massively increased, in the case of Hepatitis C, it was 100%, infection was guaranteed. These products should never have been given to people until it was reasonably thought that they were safe.
It was all totally avoidable.