What if your life-saving medicine contained deadly viruses – and the drug manufacturers, the government, and your own doctors knew but failed to warn you?
Through the eyes of survivors and family members, BAD BLOOD chronicles how a “miracle” treatment for hemophilia became an agent of death for 10,000 Americans. Faced with evidence that pharmaceutical companies and government regulators knew the product was contaminated with deadly viruses from the 1960s through the early 1990s, the hemophilia community launched a powerful and inspiring fight to right the system that failed them and to make it safer for all.
DENVER PREMIERE SCREENING of BAD BLOOD: A CAUTIONARY TALE
Thursday, April 28, 2011
7:00pm - 10:00pm
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Sonji & Nathan Wilkes
The Wilkes family joined the bleeding disorders community in 2003 following the birth of their son, Thomas. Shortly after birth, Thomas was diagnosed with severe hemophilia A. As part of the family’s decades-long dedication to advocacy and education, the Wilkes recognize that health care is a much larger issue than “just hemophilia.” The Wilkes are involved in local and national health care reform initiatives and the bleeding disorders community. The Wilkes were contacted in August of 2009 by the White House and have become a face to the ongoing debate for meaningful health insurance reform. Nathan has testified before Congress and serves on several state-wide advisory committees for the state legislature.
Upon seeing a trailer for “Bad Blood,” the Wilkes knew this was a piece of history that needed to be recounted, not only because the issues touch them personally, but to honor and memorialize the 10,000 individuals who were infected. The Wilkes also understand the issues relevant to the general, non-bleeding community: the need for increased FDA regulation, funding and standards, general blood safety and government’s role and effectiveness in regulating the pharmaceutical industry today.