25 February 1975
The Minister of State, Department of Health and Socal Security (Dr. David Owen)
I have authorised the allocation of special finance of up to £500,000, about half of which would be recurring, to increase the existing production of Factor VIII, especially in the form of anti-haemophilic globulin concentrate (AHG), within the National
I am grateful to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hillsborough (Mr. Flannery) for providing us with an opportunity to discuss the many facets of the blood transfusion service—a service that could be of vital importance to any of us.
My Lords, blood products are not purchased centrally—they are purchased by health authorities—and I regret that up-to-date information on the expenditure on imported products is not available. The country from which these products come is mainly the
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will ensure that expenditure by Speywood Laboratories on innovation, particularly in research into haemophilia, is not limited by considerations of the profitability of the company in the shorter term.
My Lords, I do not know the answer concerning the chemical to which the noble Baroness referred. I shall find out and let her know. We have to import Factor VIII, which is an agent used in the cure for haemophiliacs. We shall need to continue to do that
Mr. Kenneth Clarke
There is no conclusive evidence that acquired immune deficiency sydrome (AIDS) is transmitted by blood products. The use of factor VIII concentrates is confined almost exclusively to designated haemophilia centres whose directors and staff are expert in
The estimated total consumption of factor VIII of all types in England and Wales has been as follows: Millions of UnitsCalendar YearTotal Used*BPL Proportion†Production‡ per cent.198157·620·836·1198265·322·033·6198362·330·849·4198469·627·940·0Notes* Mos
I can confirm the figures that the hon. Gentleman gave with regard to the 1,200 haemophiliacs. I have received letters from my hon. Friends on this issue. Some of their constituents have suffered from this, and I share their deep sympathy, but the House
My Lords, according to the estimates of the Haemophilia Society, with whose figures we do not disagree, I regret to tell the House that there are some 1,200 HIV infected people. Of that number, 57 have AIDS and so far 41 have died.
My hon. Friend the Member for Staffordshire, South (Mr. Cormack) has certainly done a great service to the House by raising the plight of some 1,200 haemophiliacs who have become infected with the AIDS virus as a result of treatment with infected blood