Bad Blood?

Did French officials delay approval of a U.S. AIDS test so a French test could be released first? According to reports of a recent French government investigation in Nature magazine, officials knew that hemophiliacs and others might receive HIV-tainted blood, but they held up the test application of Abbott Laboratories five months in 1985 until a test by Diagnostic Pasteur had been approved. Of 3,000 known French hemophiliacs in 1985, 1,200 are now HIV-positive and 185 are dead. Though no charges have been filed, a magistrate is weighing a criminal case.