Published in Blood Weekly, March 24th, 1997
Akihito Matsumura was director of the health ministry division that handled blood products from 1984 to 1986, when he allegedly allowed the untreated blood products to be used even though he knew of their risks.
Another Japanese health official and three former presidents of a pharmaceutical company also face trial on professional negligence charges.
Matsumura and the others have been accused of barring the import of heat-treated blood products until...
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